After years of rumor and speculation, Google launches Google Drive. Here're some of the details.
Google Drive is a way to store things in the cloud. You can store data, images, video files, PDFs and other kinds of files.
Google Drive offers 5 gigabytes of free storage in the cloud, with an option to pay for more.
Gmail users will get a free upgrade from 7.5 gigabytes to 10 gigabytes as Google celebrates the Google Drive rollout.
Google Drive has apps for desktops (Windows and Macs), and an Android app. iPad and iPhone apps are coming soon according to the Google Drive home page, though there will likely be a delay as the app makes its way through Apple's app vetting process. You'll need a Google account to use Google Drive (kinda obvious but worth mentioning).
Google Drive is closely integrated with Google's other services, and Google is working with third party software makers such as Autodesk to make it possible to use third party software in Google Drive.
A few facts:
Docs storage doesn't count against your Google Drive storage, but your Docs are relocated to Google Drive.
Google Drive will allow 30+ file types to open natively in the browser, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and HD video.*
Google is rolling this out quickly—when I checked the gmail accounts I'm responsible for this morning it wasn't available; in the last hour it's available on all but one gmail address.
I can't help but wonder if today's Google Drive rollout has anything to do with Microsoft releasing an app for SkyDrive yesterday...
When signing up for Google Drive you'll be offered the Google Drive app for your particular system and from there set up is easy.
Here're a few useful links:
- Google Drive home page
- Download Google Drive Desktop
- Download Google Drive Android App
- Google Drive Help and How to
- Google Drive storage and pricing
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