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Improvements to downloading files and folders in Google Drive on the web

In order to backup, share, and collaborate effectively, many Google Drive users download their files locally. For example, you may have to download an entire Drive folder with 15 large design files or 500 PDF files in it. Before, if this folder was more than 2GB in size, you would have run into download limits.

Today, we’re announcing some improvements to the Drive download and archiving service that will roll out over the coming weeks to Google Apps customers:

  • You can now compress and download Drive items into multiple 2GB zip files. Files have an improved name structure, for example: drive-download-20160516T125832Z.zip for the first file and drive-download-20160516T125832Z-2.zip for subsequent archives.
  • Better Google Forms handling.
  • Empty folders are now included in the zip.


Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

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Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted

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