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It finally went live for me a few minutes ago.
Hm, quaint. I'll stick with Evernote and Dropbox. I guess google has to join in every party these days.
PC and Mac
iPhone and iPad (coming soon)
Android devices

So what about Linux ?
Worked fine for me with two step verification, one note though Mac OS X 10.8 users need to click "control" and "open" during the instal process because of Apple's new default security feature because this app didn't originate from App Store.
No Linux version? That's...disappointing, from Google.
Worried about the implications this could have with my existing Google Docs for my domain. Could actually be a downgrade?
Existing Google Docs appear in the root of the Google Drive folder in Windows. They're actually just shortcuts though - opening in the browser.
I don't really see that this is all that exciting -- it doesn't really measure up to Dropbox functionality.
+Brian Sullivan There are a couple of things -- like sharing images and documents directly from Drive to Plus. And of course the real time collaboration enhancements to Docs.
yeah Google it should be universal, make sales on the news and Ads like Fox. Keep the ball rolling with more ideas like this,
Helping "Putting The World At Everyone Finger Tips" Would Be The Slogan, Well. Wouldn't It That be what we aiming for people or am I the only one.
+Ben Grimm Yes it is OK -- but a feature I use from Dropbox a lot -- serving to the web doesn't seem to be possible.

I guess I am not a Docs user so maybe people that use Docs a lot will get some advantage.
+Brian Sullivan You can share anything you've uploaded or created - publicly to the web, or privately to groups or individuals. The sharing options have shortcuts for Plus, Twitter, Facebook, etc...
+Ben Grimm Yes you can share an individual file to the web so that others can download it but you can't serve the file (and the directory structure it resides in) so it can be opened by a web browser.

At least there is no way that I could see.
You can't serve a website -- but you can share a folder and all of its subfolders (that are also shared).
+Ben Grimm Yes but the serving feature is one I use often in Dropbox.

I have yet to test the upload synch feature. Dropbox is especially good there -- using upload bandwidth very frugally. But for me the lack of web serving functionality makes it almost a complete non starter.
The one thing I don't understand is in Drive preferences - below the Sync Google Docs files there is a "Enable offline viewing." link that appears to be broken. Does that give any extra features?

Like for example I'd love to have true offline docs capabilities. Like have the gdocs automatically converted to word doc format on my hard drive (but available/synced when online in Google Drive/Docs). Otherwise it doesn't make sense - I get gdoc and gsheet links to the browser on my hard drive - but I'm offline?

A feature like that would definitely make me reconsider my love affair with Dropbox ;-)
Urgh. Only 1 Google account can sync? I have 3 I actively use (yes, I know... I should be used to this by now)... original Gmail account, two via Google Apps for Business.
+Brian Sullivan I suspect that your use case would be better served by Google Sites. Not that you couldn't build a website on drive, but the urls would be cumbersome.

Drive seems to be focused simply on sharing and collaboration.
+Ben Grimm I don't want to create a website I just want to serve files (that I upload via a Google Drive type feature).

Regardless it is a feature that I currently use heavily on Dropbox which is analogous to Google Drive in other aspects.
+Brian Sullivan it seems like Google Drive actually does what you want -- but that alone doesn't provide a compelling reason to switch.
+Jann Van Hamersveld Dropbox and iCloud (and GDrive) all apparently have APIs. Is that what you are asking?

How useful or significant their existence is questionable though.
+Tony Arnold, yes, scary terms! I hope they could get fixed, as they were on Pinterest...
+Tony Arnold #IANAL but what strikes you as being off about those terms? Realistically speaking, it's very hard (I would think) to provide a service that does that things that you would want or expect it to without that kind of flexibility. Is there a particular phrase that rubbed you the wrong way, or can you think of language that you might have liked to have seen in there?

Not arguing one way or another (yet); trying to understand your perspective.
OK, take my comments as comments purely on the T&C for Drive — I have a huge amount of respect for you personally.

The use of my content in any way Google sees fit? That's an insurmountable problem to me, Chris. It's not a language thing — it's much bigger than that. If I'm putting my client work up there, as I currently do on Dropbox, those T&Cs mean that Google can peruse the files and then use them as they'd like. There are laws that protect me from heinous wrong doing, but I shouldn't have to even think about this — my data is my data.

Sadly, I believe Google stopped being a force for good in the technology world when it started thinking that terms such as these were OK.
Ok. I see where you're coming from, but that's really not, as I understand it, the intention. No where do the words "in any way that Google sees fit" appear. As for perusing your content, do you think that that's actually what would happen? Do you believe that other services do similar things? I'm still trying to understand if you feel this way specifically about Google, or about all cloud hosting providers...
I just wrote a massive reply to this, and received an error when I hit "Post comment".

It's specific to Google. I don't believe other cloud providers use my information to provide targeted advertising (maybe I'm wrong on this).

I have no problem with storing information in the cloud — all of my important documents are stored in my Dropbox right now (and backed up three ways to Sunday). I'd be naive to think that they don't use the data I store with them for diagnostic and administrative testing — but that's where it should end.

I'm not trolling — the way those T&Cs are worded should scare anyone who cares about privacy.
Ok — I'll take that feedback to the team and see what they say. Appreciate your thoughts on this — just trying to get at the core of your perspective so I can articulate it clearly!
Let me know if you need more, Chris — you've helped me so many times over the years, I definitely owe you :)
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