Google Drive Released; 5 Gb Free Cloud-based StorageYou know, on any other day, the fact that Google’s long-rumored cloud-based storage solution had finally been released would have been the biggest news. Not today. That belongs to the announcement that a bunch of billionaires are planning on mining near earth asteroids, making it cheaper to live and work in space.
But Google’s announcement is cool, too.
Google Drive will be a cloud-based storage solution that is integrated fully with Gmail and Docs. It functions almost identically to Dropbox: download a client, install it, and you have a virtual drive on your desktop that you can drag files into. Then, whenever you want to share one, just share a file from your drive with anyone. No need for the other person to have Google Drive, even.
Google Drive was made with collaboration in mind, featuring a full set of sharing and working features previously reserved for its document suite. You can add comments to files, reply to them, filter files by keyword, etc.
And soon you will be able to add files from Drive directly to a gmail message, though that functionality isn’t quite there yet. but it is already integrated with Google+, if you happen to be one of the dozen people who use it. Google is also working with other companies to let you "send faxes, edit videos, and create website mockups directly from Drive." In other words, this is Dropbox, but from Google. Which is not really a bad thing.
A 5 Gb plan is free, but there are several tiers to choose from. Paying $2.50 a month will net you a 25 Gb account, while $4.99 will net you a 100 Gb and $49.99 will net you a Tb. Not bad prices, really. In addition to the storage, a paid account will boost your Gmail storage limit to 25 Gb.
Google Drive is available now to anyone with a Google account.
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