+ Saturday May 25th, 2019

If you’ve ever worked in any moderately sized corporate environment, you’ll know exactly how prevalent share drives are in any organisation. From places to store photos of last Christmas party, through to storing important business documents, share drives are everywhere and they’re coming to Google Drive too.

Well, that’s only half the story. Share Drives were already there, but they were called Team Drives which didn’t really gel with the office users who knew them better as Share (or Shared) Drives, so that’s what Google is going to call them from now on.

Starting next month, users will see Team Drives disappear in favour of Shared Drives. This change will take place across desktop, web and mobile apps. The change will begin in late May for iOS and Android apps, and into June for the web and desktop-based apps (such as Google Drive File Stream).

The name change isn’t solely for recognition though; it’s also about reflecting the actual use of these drives. They aren’t just for your team’s use – they can be (and often are) shared externally with people who aren’t part of your team, so the name change makes sense through that lens too.

Expect to see the change rolled out across all G Suite editions soon.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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