Google is currently rolling out a new feature for its Google Drive file synchronization service that adds sharing options to the desktop version of the client. According to the post on Google Plus, only PC and Mac clients of Google Drive will receive the feature starting today. Google failed to mention Linux or any other version of Google Drive in this context.
I just checked my local copy of Google Drive and noticed that the share functionality is already supported by it, at least partially. Note that you do need to run Google Drive before the context menu option becomes available on Windows. I do not know if it is similar on Mac systems.
After you have started Google Drive on your system open the local Google Drive folder. One easy option to do so is to right-click the icon in the system tray and select the menu option to open the local Google Drive folder. It should open the folder in Windows Explorer.
Here you can right-click on any file or folder and select Google Drive > Share from the menu to use the new share functionality.
This opens a "this program cannot display the webpage" error currently on my system. I'm not sure if this is because the feature has not been rolled out fully to my account yet or because there is a connection issue of sorts.
Let me know if you have access to the feature as well and if you are encountering the same error message or can make use of the sharing functionality already.
It is likely that the sharing feature is similar to the online sharing feature on the Google Drive website.
It displays a link to you when you select the share option that points to the selected files or folders.
Several other file synchronization services, Dropbox for instance, have been offering local sharing options for some time now for desktop users.
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