Google Drive will let users stream files from the cloud


Google Drive users will be able to see all the files they have stored in the company’s cloud service on their desktop without downloading them, thanks to a new feature the company .

The Drive File Stream offering will, as the name implies, show placeholder files on a user’s desktop, then download them only when a user needs to look at them. It’s similar to Dropbox’s Smart Sync feature, which .

Google also made a pair of its key enterprise-focused Drive features generally available on Thursday. Team Drives lets administrators create shared folders for groups inside their organizations, while Vault for Drive lets companies manage data retention and legal hold policies for content stored in the service.

To help enterprises move to Drive, Google acquired , a partner that has helped enterprises migrate to the service. The company offers migration services from sources like SharePoint, Exchange and on-premises file storage.