Google Drive Update: Launch Computer Applications Directly from Chrome

In the last month, Google has released some remarkable updates for Google Drive and Google Apps for Work. Users have begun taking advantage of new features like the update that will open Microsoft Office files without Office being installed on the user’s computer. The addition of such robust new features help prove that Google is the best solution for sharing, creating, storing and collaborating on work.

The latest news includes a Google Drive update that many users will find incredibly helpful. On November 5th, Google released its Application Launcher for Drive. This new launcher will allow users to open files directly from their browser in compatible applications installed on their computers. For example, it is now possible to open a .pdf file directly in Adobe Reader from Google Drive without leaving your browser. This highly useful update will be compatible with apps like photo editors, tax and accounting software, design tools and much more.

Please follow these step-by-step instructions to get started:

  1. Install the latest version of the Drive app for Mac or PC (version 1.18) and sync your files.
  2. Visit Google Drive in your Chrome browser (users must have the new Google Drive installed)
  3. Right-Click on the file you would like to open, select “Open with” to see a list of compatible applications on your computer that can open the desired file.
  4. Make your edits and save back changes to the Drive which will sync across all devices and collaborators

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If you have any questions about installing this update please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re not yet using Google Drive and Google Apps for work, don’t wait any longer to get your business organized. We are experts at helping our clients get those most out of these awesome programs and can assist you with the transition to Google products.