Google+ was Google’s attempt at social networking. It languished for a while without a clear identity, and it looked for a while that Google abandoned the effort to grow it. Well, Google+ is back with a new design.
According to Google, Google+ is now “Communities and Collections front and center.” Not sure what all that fully means, but if you use those features, you may find the new design more attractive.
To enable the new Google+ design, you need to follow the steps below:
- Go to Google+ Activity Log page.
- Click on the search box at the top of the page.
The new layout will be activated once you click in the box. You will see “Featured Collections” populate the page.
I do have a Google+ page, but I don’t regularly use it. I subscribed to a few Google-related pages and that’s about the only reason I keep up with the updates. You may find the new design more useful than before.
Microsoft recently announced that it is reducing the size of storage. For example, if you are an Office 365 subscriber, you had unlimited storage, but it is getting capped at 1 TB. The most disappointing change is that free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users, current and new. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.
Why! I am sure it boils down to money. You can read about the reason behind, mostly that some users “abused” the storage policy. I don’t buy it, but as a free user, I can’t really vote with my money.
I think getting free storage reduced from 15 GB to 5 GB makes OneDrive a lot less desirable. Who knows what Microsoft will do in the future. It may start charging for any storage. I have no idea.
I don’t know too many people using OneDrive, even if they are using Windows. I still think Google Drive, followed by Dropbox, is the best choice for consumers. GDrive gives 15 GB free, and additional storage is reasonably priced. Also its integration with other Google services and Chrome make is very useful. I use it and it works well.
Moving the files is a pain, but I think it’s best done over time before the new OneDrive storage limits take place.