Inbox is all about convenience and efficiency. Every couple of updates brings some kind of feature that provides contextually relevant information or automates some action so it becomes fairly painless. The latest Inbox update to v1.18 contains some details that betray yet another one of these shortcuts: a direct method for modifying the sharing options of a file in Google Drive.
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The odds are good that if somebody uses Inbox, Google Drive is also a part of their workflow. Whether it’s for business and document collaboration, or just convenient cloud storage for photos, Drive is readily available and easy enough to work with. But when you’re on the go and need to share a document, the last thing you want to do is hop around between different apps. Inbox is going to make things a little easier by giving users direct control over sharing files stored in Drive.
To be clear, this is not the same as an email attachment. Sending attachments merely makes a copy of an original file and sends it to a recipient, but Drive implements a permission model that allows a file’s owner to grant other people access to view or edit original documents while they remain in the owner’s Drive storage.
As it currently stands, granting access to a file in Drive requires the owner to open the Drive app and manually add users to a list and set their access level, or simply