After weeks of rumors, Google has finally launched GOOGLE DRIVE its Cloud-Storage service. Like Microsoft SkyDrive, Dropbox and Amazon Cloud Drive, the service syncs users’ offline files with an online storage space that can be accessed from anywhere.
Unlike these other services, however, it has Google Docs built right into it.
Woth Google drive you can:
1 Create and collaborate: Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so just like before, you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items. Now those files will also automatically be backed up offline, and content added to the offline Google Drive folder will automatically show up in the online Google Drive tab among their Google Docs (up to 5GB of free storage).
2 Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. Google is also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
3 You can get started with 5GB of storage for free (double free space than Dropbox). If it’s not enough ou can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.
Google also brought some bells and whistles to the game, such as technology that makes PDFs and scanned books searchable. Stuff on your Drive is easy to access from Google+; the company says it will soon make it just as easy to attach that content to Gmail messages.
Meanwhile, the company is working with third-party companies such as fax machine replacement HelloFax and video editor WeVideo that will incorporate Drive into their products.
Google wrote in its announcement for Drive that “there’s a lot more to come.” What features would you like them to add? Let us know in the comments.