Google Drive offline “coming in five weeks”
The 10th D conference is wrapping up, but just as its closing it gives some interesting details about the relation between Google’s Android and Chrome OS, along with news about Google Drive offline arriving “in five weeks.”
The words come straight from Google’s Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai, but he wasn’t any more specific. We could guess that it’s either a full-fledged offline Office suite coming soon or the offline editing feature somehow integrated with the current Google Drive. Now, offline you can only view documents in G Drive, but you can’t edit when you’re not on the network.
Pichai mentioned: "It's a natural evolution. Users like the familiarity. Sometimes wanting to be full-screen; if you're watching YouTube or Netflix, you want to be immersed. It's important to remember that we release a new version every six weeks; contrast that with Windows! Google Drive offline is coming five weeks from today.”
Interestingly, Pichai spoke about convergence and how in the future we should be able to get to work without thinking about which software to install and where:
"Android is extremely successful, we couldn't be more proud of it. We have exciting steps ahead with tablets, too. There are many instances where people spend all of their time in the browser. The notion that, for the first time, your experience is in the cloud. You still run on a local device -- CPU, SSD, etc. -- but the notion that your computer is actually in the cloud enables zero administration. From a web console, you can deploy and manage apps -- there's no installing software, etc.
I think what is important between Android and Chrome OS -- with users, it makes sense. Look at Apple, there's MacBooks and iPhone, they use different operating systems. Convergence will happen, sure. But look at Gmail -- you go from a Chromebook to Android, and it just works."
source: AllThingsD via Engadget