Google Drive is the company’s new drop box service…
Google has announced that it will be transforming its cloud-based word processor, Google Docs in to a one-stop-service where users can store, edit and share any type of file with other Google users.
When I first heard about Google Drive, I wasn’t blown away, perhaps because our production team already shares files in Google docs to the same effect, e.g. create a doc, share it with selected people, and give them permission to edit it. But what I’ve come to realize is the uplifting of many restrictions that plagued Google docs, has the made Google Drive much more accessible to everyone, no matter what programs are your software of choice.
What is Google Drive?
Now users can literally upload, store and share any type of file with whomever the chose. The files can remain private, only viewable and modifiable by you, or they can be viewed by others, and/or edited by people of your choosing.
The interface is extremely user friendly, a simple drag and drop will have your files uploading in no time. It also has support for computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Along with the option to look back over your revision for over 30 days – in case you saved a version and wish to revert – one of the most nifty features Google has included is Image Recognition… no report on how well this works yet, but I’m sure I’ll find out first hand in the not too distant future.
In many ways, the new service is like Drop Box, which only offers 2GB of free storage, but since millions of users already have a Google email, it’s a service that’s likely to catch on, at least to some extent. Another plus is that the service is available for all operation systems, where as others such as Apple’s iCloud are only available for iOS users.
The service is free for up to 5GB of storage. A $2.50 upgrade gets you 25GB.