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Any Google user quickly comes to realize that the tech giant is not one to sit still. It seems like they are introducing a new feature or update on a near daily basis, especially when it comes to Drive which has seen it’s fair share of changes over the past few months. If you have logged into Drive recently, you may have noticed a pop-up notifying you about a new site for Docs, Slides, and Sheets.
In order to make users’ lives easier, Google has decided to kind of spin off their productivity apps. What do we mean by this? Well, the company has announced that they are launching individual sites for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Now, instead of going to Drive to open or create a new Doc, you can do so by going to the Docs site.
Each of the three major productivity apps – Docs, Sheets and Slides – now has their own site, and can be accessed here:
This isn’t a full spin off because your files created and edited using the individual app sites are still stored on Drive. The idea here is that this separation is supposed to make it easier for users to interact with each different productivity apps and related files.
Google has started to alert Drive users to the impending switch and has indicated that Docs will be the first to move over to the new system. That being said, you can actually access the three different apps now, or you can still use Drive to create your files for the time being, just be prepared for a shift in the near future.
Each of the three new sites has pretty much the same layout, with the following elements being the most useful:
If you are a heavy user of one of the Google Drive apps, then these sites will likely be a welcome addition. The same can be said for those who use the mobile apps which were released earlier this year.
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Published on 24th July 2015 by Jeanne DeWitt.