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Google Drive reaction roundup: It's good, but what took it so long?

Brad Reed | April 25, 2012
The general reaction to Google Drive from the tech press today can be summed up thusly: "We like it, but couldn't it have been released two years ago?"

Despite his quibbles, though, Gunther did says that he was "really liking the quickness of uploads, the ease of use and the entire system as a whole."

The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg also had a generally positive impression of Google Drive and in particular singled out the service's search features, which are able to not only search for keywords within documents but scan pictures for text and well-known images that it can use to deliver search results. For instance, just having a picture of the Eiffel Tower without anything labeling it as such would be enough to get it to show up in a search query for "Eiffel." However, Mossberg said that the search component did not work as well when searching for more generic terms within pictures. In other words, if you had a picture of something that was obviously a mountain, the search engine wouldn't retrieve it if you searched for "mountain."

"I found this mostly worked with photos of famous places or people Google has collected via its Google Goggles product," he said. "Google Drive failed to find images with generic file names on almost all of my own pictures, even when they included things like mountains or other common objects."

And finally, Wired's Mike Barton noted that Google Drive was far more targeted toward the enterprise than anyone had expected. Among other things, Google Drive features centralized management tools that let IT departments manage data through their Google Apps control panel, encryption for data sent from browsers to Google cloud servers and data replication that ensures users will have access to data even if one of Google's major data centers goes down.

"That consumery-feature appeal has a shirt and tie on ... or at least a polo shirt and khakis, as it is being pitched as part of Google Apps for Business," he said. "Google Drive's appeal to small and medium-size businesses seems clear."


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