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Google Drive to reach 1 billion users and receive end-to-end encryption

over 4 years ago by IanDorfman

Google's online file storage and collaborative software hub is about to reach a major milestone in user count, with new features and options being announced to coincide with it.

At the Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, the company announced that Google Drive will surpass the 1 billion active user mark "later this week," only two months following the announcement of 800 million active users back in May.

The Google Cloud keynotes also announced features for enterprise users. From generally availability of Google Drive's Team Drives feature, as well as public implementation of Google Vault for Drive, Google is aiming to expand further into the enterprise user market for Google Drive.

Lastly, as noted by TechCrunch, Google is announcing support for end-to-end encryption of files for Google Drive provided via a partnership with Virtru. Using the open source Trusted Data Format as developed by Virtru's Chief Technical Officer Will Ackerly, the partnership has a team of Virtru engineers working exclusively with Google on this encryption implementation with Google Drive and Google Workspace.

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Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing.