Yesterday, Google finally launched its much hyped cloud and document management system, Google Drive. The cloud storage service basically makes managing, sharing and backing up files an easier and seamless task as users switch from one device to another. Google Drive is launching with 5GB free storage. Users will need to pay for more storage; about US $2.49 a month for an additional 25GB. It’s gets cheaper as you buy more space.
Here’s a video that explains how Google Drive works:
Those of you familiar with Dropbox of course already get some of the convenience Google Drive offers. But Dropbox is not all that Google Drive is. The deep integration with Google Docs, a somewhat maturing product makes it way more useful in managing documents and editing them from the internet, something Dropbox doesn’t provide. Additional storage price is also lower than Dropbox. Google Drive is also likely to have heavy integration with other products Google is pushing like Google+ and Android.
Checkout this Engadget article for a comparison of the Google Drive, Dropbox and other cloud storage service like Microsoft’s Skydrive.
Google Drive is not available immediately to everyone. The company is apparently rolling it out slowly. On visiting drive.google.com/start to use the service, most new users are being asked to request to be notified via email when Google is ready to give them access. Google doesn’t say what criteria they are using to give access to new users.
It’s a service we’re definitely keen to use and we’ll be letting you know our thoughts once we’ve done so.
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