Rowan University faculty, staff and students now have access to two new features from Google Drive: Team Drives and Drive File Stream.
You can create shared files that belong to a group, rather than just one individual, using Team Drives. Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that provides fast and easy access to all of your Google Drive files, directly from your computer. This new application is replacing the Google Drive client for Mac/PC.
With Team Drives, content ownership and sharing are managed at the team level, which ensures important data and documents are easily accessible at all times despite the status of a particular team member. Files stored in a Team Drive will remain where they are, even if the team member who created the files leaves Rowan University.
This new feature also allows you to tailor permissions based on who you’d like to edit, comment, reorganize or delete certain files. For help using this new feature, visit the G Suite Learning Center page on Team Drives.
Drive File Stream
The new Drive File Stream application quickly streams files directly from the cloud to your computer, eliminating time-consuming file syncing and concerns about hard drive space. We encourage you to start using Drive File Stream or upgrade if you have the old Google Drive client for Mac/PC on your computer.
The Google Drive client for Mac/PC will no longer be supported starting on Dec. 11, 2017, and the client will shut down completely on March 12, 2018.
Please note that you won’t be able to edit Team Drive files when they’re opened in Drive File Stream; you’ll only be able to view them. To edit these files, you’ll need to open them in Drive on the web.
Please review our Knowledge Base article on Drive File Stream for more information about using this new application.