After months of waiting, Google finally announced Google Drive yesterday. Google has definitely made a very bold move to enter into cloud storage market. Legacy application of online document-sharing service Google Docs, has now been expanded to Google drive.
Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Like every other cloud storage, Google Drive also gives you online storage where you can store your files (photo, document, pdf, etc). Once your file get a space in could, it can be then shared with other parties, your friends and family also.
For last couple of months, Google Drive is one of the hottest topic of discussion on various technology blogs. People were expecting it to become live soon. As announced on Google official blog on Tuesday 24th Apr yesterday, Google Drive is introduced with Google Docs and you get a free space of 5GB to store your files.
Other than static storage of files into Google Drive, you can also work in real time with documents, spreadsheets and presentations using Google Docs. Google Drive client can be installed on your computer and android phone/tablet for easy share. Again, like any other file storage or drive, Google drive also gives you facility to search files in cloud using keyword, owner, file type and many more. The best thing about Google Drive that it can even recognize text in your scanned document and can perform a search on the same!
Storage in Google Drive
As announced yesterday, Google Drive gives you 5GB storage absolutely free. I am sure that 5GB space will be sufficient for your personal need in most of the cases. In case you need more space, you need to go for a paid account. 25GB space can be purchased at the rate of $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. The beauty of this paid subscription is that when you go for a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.
It will be now very interesting to see how and where this cloud war will go. Having a very strong presence in cloud, I am sure that Dropbox and box.net will definitely improve their services further and will provide even better experience to the user. On the other hand, Microsoft is already in the battle field with Sky drive. So be ready to see lots of new thing in cloud. Competition has become just tough now for everyone.
Let me know your thoughts about Google Drive. Do you think 5GB is sufficient for you or do you want Google to increase free space? Do you plan to shift from Dropbox or box.net to Google Drive? We are eagerly waiting to hear you.