Google Drive: 5 GB Free Cloud Storage Space, Google Docs Integration

The much awaited and rumored cloud storage service from Google i.e. Google Drive was finally unveiled. Google Drive allow users to 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 documents, videos, photos, PDFs and other files.

In addition, Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. All these features make Google Drive a very strong competitor to other popular file hosting service like Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, Apple iCloud and SugarSync.

Google Drive

With Google Drive, you can:

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so 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.
  • 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. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
  •  Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. Google Drive also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.

Google Drive is also built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience. So you can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like send faxes, edit videos and create website mockups directly from Drive. To install these apps, visit the Chrome Web Store—and look out for even more useful apps in the future.

Check out the video Introducing Google Drive

As expected, the service will offer 5GB of free cloud storage out of the box and users who need more storage space will need to purchase paid storage. You 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 Drive is available now for PC, Mac, and Android, and will come soon to the iPhone and iPad.  Since Google Drive has just been announced, it may not be enabled on your Google Account. Visit drive.google.com to check if your Google Drive is  ready or not.  Do not be sad if your account is not ready, at time of post, it is not enabled for our account too. 🙂

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