Google Switching Docs to Google Drive; Virtual IP Based SSL Now $39/Month; Announces Adding OAuth 2.0 Support for IMAP/SMTP and XMPP

Google Drive is now the new home for all your files and folders including Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. This means, if you have use Google Docs in the past -- now all your files that were previously stored in Google Docs will be available in Google Drive. "If you haven't already started using Google […]

Google Drive is now the new home for all your files and folders including Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. This means, if you have use Google Docs in the past -- now all your files that were previously stored in Google Docs will be available in Google Drive.

"If you haven't already started using Google Drive, you'll see a message to try it out the next time you visit docs.google.com," Google posted.

In case, for some reason you're not quite ready for the change, you can click the "Temporarily use the old look" button on the pop-up message, "but eventually all Docs users will be switched to Drive."

Launched in April at Google I/O, the Google Drive replaces Google Docs and offer you:

  • Access everywhere, every device -- as the Google Drive comes with desktop and mobile apps includeing Android and iOS, making it much easier to creade, edit, upload, sync and access documents, open and share files, and upload photos and videos.
  • Find your stuff faster. Look for files by keyword and Drive searches everything -- even text within scanned documents or images without any text at all. Drive also comes with a simplified navigation to help you better organize your files, and there's a new grid view to help you see thumbnails at a glance.
  • Google Drive is also integrated with a growing number of third-party apps, so you can do things like send faxes, edit videos and create website mockups all in one place.

See this Help Center to learn more.

Google Switching Google Docs to Google Drive

Google announced a "reduction in price for the Virtual IP (VIP) based SSL" to make it more widely available to developers.

In a blog post, Google Apps Engine team noted, that begining, September 25th, "VIPs will be $39/month - down from the previous price of $99/month." "For those applications already using VIP based SSL, the pricing change will be applied to your bill starting on the 25th," Google said.

"Google App Engine SSL for Custom Domains goes above and beyond the basics of SSL by offering globally distributed SSL endpoints and built-in load balancing. Like App Engine in general, there is no need for ongoing system administration and maintenance," added the Apps Engine Team

For details on how to setup SSL for Custom Domains for your applications, see the App Engine documentation.

Finally, Google adding OAuth 2.0 support for IMAP/SMTP and XMPP. "Developers using these protocols can now move to OAuth 2.0, and users will experience the benefits of more secure OAuth 2.0 clients," Google announced.

In addition, Google is also deprecating older authentication mechanisms. If you're using any of the following, you should move to the new OAuth 2.0 APIs: