Google Drive on the Go

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under drive, new feature

g-driveGoogle Drive is, as many of you know, the cloud service that stores your files (any files!) and  lets you edit Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations (Google call them ‘Slides’) – wherever you are. With or without an internet connection.

Beginning today, Google have launched 3 new standalone apps for Android and iOS to edit Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations. Whereas before you’d have to jump into the Drive app, click create, choose the type of document you want etc – now it’s one step, into the app that’s appropriate to your needs, you can see a screenshot of the Spreadsheets one below:




Hope you like them!


Google Hangouts – new at UoB

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under hangouts, new feature

hangoutsHangouts is a product from Google that allows full HD video calling or text chatting with anyone else in the world who has a Google account. It’s accessible from mobile devices or from a desktop machine, wherever a web browser is available.

Starting now, Hangouts is available on all UoB computers, so long as you download and install a simple plugin into Chrome – this is possible without administrator rights on Windows PCs. Whilst the setup we have at the moment only permits 1:1 video calling, we are actively looking to enable Google+ (the social media site from Google), which will allow you to have group video calls, run broadcasts through YouTube and other productive features.




We’ve put a lot of information online, along with links to Google’s own support – you can find it here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/it-services/applications/google-apps/hangouts/


Google Drive on the Desktop at UoB

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under drive, interesting feature, new feature

g-driveGoogle Drive, for those who don’t know, is a product from Google that allows you to:

  • upload any file, of any type, and have it accessible from wherever you have a web browser or mobile device.
  • create and collaborate with others, in real time, across Desktop or Mobile, on Google Docs (hugely similar to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint)

Although we launched in April 2014 with Google Drive along with Gmail and Calendar – we’ve not publicised it or made any changes to it in that first year. Despite this, a lot of staff have found it by themselves and usage at Bristol is already one of the highest for a Google EDU site, with over  a million files already uploaded or created: http://googleatuob.blogs.ilrt.org/2014/02/13/stats-stats-and-more-christmas-stats/

Beginning now, we’re making Drive easier to use and to access inside the University by installing Google Drive for Desktop on all University managed Windows PCs that are not in open access rooms. This means that you will be able to save directly to Drive from within any of your applications and have that saved file available, anywhere in the world where you have a web browser, Google Drive for Desktop, or a mobile device.

To demo this feature to you, we’ll be running roadshows around the University like we did for the main launch – look out for dates soon!

We hope you find this new service useful and beneficial to your working. You can find more information online at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/it-services/applications/google-apps/drive/