Google (finally) Launches Free Cloud Drive Storage

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.*
*(via TNW)

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:

 

Have fun,
Rhiannon

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by Jorpho (not verified) on 25. April 2012 - 15:32  (92599)

Does it allow for direct linking? So far, that is the huge advantage that Dropbox has over other services.

by maybe-the-one (not verified) on 25. April 2012 - 16:35  (92604)

But you'd better read their terms of service...they claim MAJOR rights to whatever you store...compare TOS of the major three options...

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/24/2972228/cloud-storage-terms-of-service-comparison-avoid-google-drive

by Jorpho (not verified) on 25. April 2012 - 16:46  (92605)

Oh, please! Check out some of the comments in that link.

More importantly, it if was something I really cared about, why would I distribute it via a publicly-accessible hotlink – which is what my question was about!?

by Jason Kauffman (not verified) on 25. April 2012 - 14:07  (92597)

I agree with all the comments regarding sending anything to Googles Servers, ultimately giving them full rights to all of it. You can about guarantee they will be mining all these files for any information that may help them send you more wonderful direct advertising from all of their partners.

by OblongCircles (not verified) on 25. April 2012 - 13:39  (92596)

Quoted from here:http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/04/24/google-drive-is-live-and-available-right-now-but-its-no-dropbox-killer/

Written by: Ben Vivo-Wachter
Not-So-Fun Fact: “Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights that you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps)."

by mirtma65 on 25. April 2012 - 12:50  (92595)

Well, all over the web is about GDrive since yesterday. But almost nobody wrote, that it isn't available to everyone. Not jet.

by rhiannon on 25. April 2012 - 19:51  (92610)

@mirtma65; One of my Google accounts doesn't have it yet. I'd wait a bit, Google has taken a few days in the past to get new features to everyone with a Google account.

by kj (not verified) on 25. April 2012 - 12:30  (92594)

I don't trust Google due to the excessive tracking of their searches. Because of that, use DuckDuckGo that was recommended by this site as a search tool that gives you Google plus others and I'm sure as hell not going to give them access to my private files - even if its naughty ladies

by in detox (not verified) on 27. April 2012 - 1:55  (92656)

Not trusting Google is the smartest thing anyone can do these days!

by rhiannon on 25. April 2012 - 20:28  (92613)

@kj; I use Duck Duck Go most of the time. It usually gives me good results.

by John123 (not verified) on 25. April 2012 - 12:27  (92593)

I'm not storing anything on a server under US jurisdiction, thank you very much.

by MrWednesday7 on 25. April 2012 - 16:06  (92603)

Thanks for saying that for me!

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