Google Launches Cloud Storage Service Google Drive

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Google Drive

Following Monday’s online storage announcements from Microsoft and Dropbox, Google’s highly-anticipated Google Drive launched on Tuesday. The cloud storage service offers users 5 GB of free storage and is tightly integrated with other Google services, such as Google Docs and Gmail, to allow for easy sharing and collaboration.

“Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond,” the company said in a blog post announcing the service.

Along with the 5 GB of free storage, users have the option to increase their storage at added cost, with 25 GB, and 100 GB options available at $2.49 and $4.99 per month, respectively. There are also additional options for customers with large storage needs, with plans up to 16 TB for $799.99 per month.

The service is accessible via Google’s web interface or via local client software on Mac, PC, Android, and iOS (the iOS app is not yet available). Of note, Google’s Web interface for Drive has been updated to allow over 30 different file formats to be viewed directly in the browser, allowing users to access and share files with users who may not have the native software on their computer.

Finally, Google also updated all Gmail users to 10 GB of free storage, complimenting any storage options from Drive. The company’s product launch video is embedded below.

Google Drive Promo Video

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