Google introduces Google Drive

Google launches cloud storage service.

MANILA, Philippines – Google has just launched its cloud storage solution Google Drive. The service offers users 5GB of storage space for all your photos, videos and other documents such as PDF files – and will allow you to access them from any device, no matter what platform you are running. 

Built into Google Docs the service allows you to create, share and manage files and sync them with your other computers or with people you are working with. Users will also be able to collaborate on documents – that is, work on them together, similar to what you can do in Google Docs.


Email Integration: Instead of sending bulky attachments via email you can just send a link from Google Drive from inside Gmail so recipients can get access to your file. 

Google+ Integration: If you are a Google+ user, all your photos and videos on Google drive will instantly be available on Google+ so you can share them with your Circles – no need to upload them again separately.

Power of Search: Using Google search technology you can search for files via a variety of keywords and filters, including text inside scanned documents.

Multi-file support. Google Drive can support over 30 file types including Adobe Photoshop. So you can open files even if you don’t have the application installed on your computer.

Collaboration: You can share files with anyone and start a discussion where those you have shared your files with can leave comments and or feedback. Think of it as leaving comments on Facebook but for a document. 

Time machine. Google Drive saves document changes made for up to 30 days so you can go back in time and restore an earlier version of your document.

Google Drive is also available as a mobile app on Android devices so you can access your files on the go. Google promises an iOS version of the app is coming soon. 

If 5GB is not enough for you you can upgrade to a paid version, an additional 25GB of space will cost you $2.49/month, 100GB – $4.99/month and 1TB – $49.99/month. By upgrading to a paid account users also get a bump in their Gmail storage space to 25GB. Try Google Drive now.  



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