Google Drive is Google’s newly released online cloud storage service. Similar to other similar services, Google Drive gives you 5 gigabytes of online storage for free. It is possible to store videos, documents, pictures, and files. If you already use other Google products and services, Google Drive will likely be seamlessly integrated into those products. Currently it is possible to attach photos from the Google Drive straight to emails in Gmail.
Here is a list of the existing features provided by Google Drive. First Google Docs is going to be that are part of the device. It is possible to assist others in real time on documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. Through Gmail you will be notified whenever any changes are produced. You can even share comments to include in the discussion in the projects you are focusing on. If you work at home or work together with others off their regions, this new system lets you create a free system much like Microsoft’s SharePoint server. Also for those who have been searching for a Free Microsoft Office replacement, you might want to give Google Docs a go. Please understand that other online cloud storage providers charge greater rates on any usage of their system for online collaboration.
Another feature is the ability to access any file in Backup Google Drive. Currently Drive is available to use on Mac, PC, and Android. Google is focusing on an iPhone/iPad compatible version. No release date continues to be given on that application yet. If you want simple and fast usage of a significant document, you may be permitted to access Drive your web browser being an additional option. This enables you to get your files in case you forgot your laptop or tablet device.
Google Drive will integrate Internet Search into your documents. Through your Drive should be able to look for keywords in PDFs, presentations, and documents. It will recognize text in pictures (like a freeway sign) and allow that to be searchable. Google states that the technology continues to be improving so I would expect some growing pains in relation to this.
Lastly Google Drive offers 5 gigabytes of free storage, which is a lot more than double of online cloud storage leader Dropbox. If you want more online space, Google Drive offers very affordable plans. These fetveu are much less expensive than other online businesses. 2.49 dollars monthly can get you 25 gigabytes of storage. If you buy the 25 gigabyte (or some of the other plans) Google Drive storage plan, your Gmail account will also be increased to 25 gigabytes (Google Apps Company Plans are certainly not included). 4.99 monthly can get you 100 gigabytes of storage and 49.99 per month will buy you 1 terabyte of storage. This pricing structure is a bit bit less than half the expenses of other similar services.
So today Google Drive has entered in the online cloud storage market. Currently Dropbox is the online leader having an estimated 40 million users. The one advantage Google might have is definitely the user based of their Gmail service. With integration Google can immediately gain millions of customers instantly. Then on the horizon is Microsoft online storage service. Windows 8 is going to be released later this season. Microsoft has integrated their online cloud service, SkyDrive, into this upcoming Windows release. Built into Windows 8, the SkyDrive service offers 7 gigabytes of free storage for first time users. Existing users who signed up for your SkyDrive service before April 22, 2012 will be given 25 gigabytes of storage. Although SkyDrive has been around for a long time, limited features and a lack of a push from Microsoft has kept the service unknown to numerous. Given that a majority of all computers are offered with Windows software, I would expect that the service will become popular.
If you are searching to get a free online storage service, then there is a good reason to test Google Drive. Should you be already comfortable with using other Google services, then it is a no brainer. If you need more storage, at this time Google Drive’s pricing structure is one of the best available. 25 gigabytes of storage for 2.49 monthly is ground breaking. Hopefully as a result of competition other online storage providers follow suit.