Google’s cloud storage service, Google Drive, just got a big search update. The update will enable Drive to respond to search queries just like Google’s very own search engine sifts through the internet, billions of pages at a time.
Google’s search engine is a marvel of software engineering and the search giant wants its other products to perform in the same way. It has now brought over Natural Language Processing (NLP) over to Google Drive, allowing it to understand your search queries much better and present better results.
For example, you can now say things like ““find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa” and Drive will quickly pull them up. Previously, you were restricted to using a specific syntax or keywords in order to find your required document(s).
Moreover, Drive can also auto-correct terms in your search queries, just like Google. It’s a really small addition but an incredibly useful one and can be a big time-saver. There are also a couple of other small changes like the ability to split your document into multiple columns and auto-saving of a copy of non-Google files when editing them in Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Google says that the features are going to be available globally and the rollout has already started.