Google Integrates Third-Party Web Apps To Google Drive

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By Vijaykumar Meti | February 10, 2013 9:51 PM EST

Google has just integrated the third-party web apps like AutoCAD, Pixlr Editor, HelloFax, and SlideRocket to its online cloud service - Google Drive.

Google Drive was launched last year and had no difficulty making way ahead of its competiton such as Microsoft's SkyDrive, Dropbox and Apple's iCloud.

"When Google Drive launched, we also introduced the Google Drive SDK, which enables users to deeply integrate apps into Drive. Using the Drive SDK, you can offer your users an experience similar to how Google Docs or Google Sheets interact with Drive. More than a hundred web apps now integrate with Google in this way," Nicolas Garnier, Google's Developer Relation, wrote in the Google Developer Blog.

Once installed, these apps will come right in the Google Drive's Create menu and users can instantly start using the Drive app to create or open files directly within Drive.

"As you can see, we have made some space in the Create menu for your apps, which users can add by clicking on Connect more apps," Garnier wrote in the blog.

The Create menu will now bring up Drive-connected apps to the same level as Google apps such as Docs and Sheets. This makes Drive-connected apps easier to reach and more visible to Google Drive users.

Developers, whose app is already compatible with Google Drive and listed in the Chrome Web Store's Drive app collection need not do anything to take advantage of this new feature. Google will pull all the information automatically from existing Chrome Web store listing.

For app developers whose apps are yet to be integrated with the Drive, Garnier recommended to follow steps to learn how to enable the app with Drive.

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