Google Drive Search Just Got a Lot Smarter

2016-09-21-12

Google Drive is making finding your documents a lot easier and faster by unleashing the full power of the Google search engine. You can now search the way you talk, get spelling corrected, and more.

Drive’s update, starting to roll out today, includes Google Search’s Natural Language Processing, which lets you search with natural phrasing. For example, you can type things like “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” instead of trying to remember what you named it. You can also narrow down results with phrases like “show me presentations from [person],” so you can quickly find everything they’ve shared with you. Drive also has an autocorrect feature now that suggests search terms that you may have misspelled. Other features of the update include a way to split documents into multiple columns in Docs, and Drive will now save an original copy of any file you convert and edit in Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Google Drive Search Just Got a Lot Smarter

Improving the deduplication flow when uploading to Google Drive

2016-09-07-07

A common use case for Google Drive users is to download a file from their Drive to modify it locally, and then to re-upload the new version. In the past, this would result in duplicate files (the original and the new one), and users would have trouble finding the latest version. That’s why we’re introducing a change in Drive to deduplicate files which were uploaded in this way.

Once launched, when users upload files that have the same filename as an existing file, they’ll be deduplicated, and the old file will be in revision history. This is so that if any mistakes are made, users can get back to the previous version. Similarly, uploaded folders will be merged with folders of the same name.

Improving the deduplication flow when uploading to Google Drive