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Drive File Stream Replaces Google Drive for Mac/PC, Jamboard Updates

Say goodbye now to time-consuming file syncing, as Google rolls out ‘Drive File Stream,’ a new desktop application that take over the reins, with Google Drive for Mac/PC is officially deprecated now.

Drive File Stream, makes it easier to quickly access all of Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, thus saving you time for files to sync.

Drive File Stream is now turned ON for all customers, and will be available via new settings in the G Suite Admin console located at Apps -> G Suite -> Drive and Docs -> Data Access, on September 26th, when it becomes generally available.

As on today, only download links are shown in the Drive interface, if you currently show them for Backup and Sync / Google Drive for Mac/PC.

Google notes, starting on Dec. 11th, Drive for Mac/PC will no longer be supported, and will completely shut down on March 12th, 2018. So, as an alternative users are encouraged to use either Drive File Stream, or upgrade to the new version of Drive for Mac/PC, called ‘Backup and Sync.’

Adding, further, Google says, that starting in October, it will begin notifying users that Drive for Mac/PC is going away. And, those running both Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync on a same machine, will be prompted to stop syncing My Drive with Backup and Sync in order to save disk space.

And, finally, to edit Team Drive files, editors will need to open files in Drive on the web.

Because, files opened in Drive File Stream can only be viewwon’t be able to edit their Team Drive files when they’re opened in Drive File Stream; they’ll only be view.

Check out for more information on Drive File Stream this the Help Center.

Also, on Wednesday, cloud-based collaborative whiteboard Jamboard is made available for purchase in the Canada and United Kingdom. The Jamboard app is available on Android and iOS for all G Suite customers. Usage of the Jamboard app is controlled by a service on/off switch in the Admin console, and is off by default.

Check out the Help Center for more information, including FAQ.

In addition, eight new updates in Jamboard launched to help you make the best of your jams, including: G Suite admins, can now see historical data for Wi-Fi network strength (RSSI), Wi-Fi network speed and board online/offline status in the Jamboard Admin console.

Other updates released include:

  • Now, you can duplicate objects on your Jamboard screen or mobile device. Select an object and click on the duplicate icon on the upper right-hand corner. You can also select drawings and objects—like post-its, stickers, and images—and easily move or resize them using the “Lasso” selection tool.
  • Duplicate and select objects on Jamboard
    Duplicte and select objects
  • Try out “Glide Typing,” a way to type by swiping your finger across letters on your keyboard—so you can add text to a jam even quicker.
  • Share work with teammates fast—click “Add people” in the Jamboard app, and it will auto-suggest contacts based on history, matching address book contacts and your email domain. When you add an individual, they receive a notification in their email just like in Google Docs.
  • Redline text to edit jams using the stylus. To delete, simply strike over a letter to remove from a word. To insert letters, write them either above or below the word and draw a small arrow to insert them. To merge, select a text object and drag it to another text object.
  • Merge text by dragging a text object near another object on Jamboard
    Merge text
  • Add your favorite GIFs via Google Drive, so you can add dynamic images to your jams. Or, you know, a team pick-me-up.
  • Move objects to adjacent jam frames or pages. Just select and glide the image toward the left or right edge of your screen.
  • Move objects Jamboard frames
    Move objects

Those new to Jamboard, watch the video below:

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