Wish I could take a picture of me writing this post and put it here! There is this didn’t-I-tell-you-this smile on my face while I type this in. Yes. We reported this way back in February(we meaning Francois Beaufort and me). Back then this project was called Vermont.
Now, we have an official confirmation from Google that Google Drive will be built in to your Chromebook and the native file system there. That means, those files you download/save on your Chromebook will now be on cloud too.
Chrome chief Sundar Pichai told Wired that Google Drive will be blended with Chrome OS to provide a better experience on Chromebooks.
With Chromebooks, [Google Drive] is even more powerful,” Pichai says, “because it just starts working naturally. Your local drive is also Google Drive. This makes it really powerful because you just don’t think about it.”
“We’ll…effectively integrate [Google] Drive into the native file system of Chrome OS,” says Scott Johnson, Google’s Google Drive product manager. “All the core OS functionality will use [Google] Drive as a place to store data — if that’s what you opt in to.”
Now, take a deep breath and look at your Chromebook one more time (if you were lucky enough to have one) Does it look more beautiful already? I think yes.
When Chromebooks Were First Released
When Chromebooks were announced, starting with Cr48, many people asked this question. How will it handle local files, or Can they handle files locally too?. Many were concerned about having some kind of mechanism to store files locally.
At the same time, a few people including me had a question in the opposite direction. Since the idea is to have your operating system on the cloud, wherein you never loose any files even if you loose your Chromebook, what’s the point in having files locally?
It is tough to take a side in this matter. Yes, we need files locally. But yes, what about the idea of cloud operating system. Google Drive built in to Chrome OS solves this dilemma.
Along with this we now have the ability to view a bunch of the most commonly used file types even when you are offline. That includes .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, and .pptx files. Chromebooks can already handle some video audio and image files for you.
- You can store files locally
- But all your local files are on cloud too
- Most of what you store offline can be viewed without a net connection
Does that sound like a computer a lot more people can buy?