Google Announces Google Drive – Finally!

By at 24 April, 2012, 12:16 pm

Thanks to liliputing for being one of the first to announce that Google has finally released it's much rumored and awaited Google Drive. For years, users of Gmail and Google Docs waited for the ability to use their accounts to store more than just email and documents. That day has finally arrived with Google's official introduction of the service on it's blog. You know can store up to 5GB of not only the documents you create using Google Docs, but your videos, photos, PDFs and more. 

You can get the Drive app for Macs or PCs from the Google Drive Home page and for Android users, you can download the Google Drive app here.  Other key features include integrated Optical Character Recognition for documents and fully indexed search capabilities. Google Drive gives you 5GB of free storage wtih paid options for even more storage. According to the announcement:

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.

As with all things Google, you may have issues with their privacy policies and who may or may not have access to your files and email. However, for the majority of Gmail and Google Docs users, this is a much anticipated service.

This announcement also comes at a fortuitous time as I will be visiting the Google Campus in Mountain View, CA this upcoming Friday April 27, 2012, so I can add questions about this to my list.

Categories : Cloud/SaaS | Gadget, Gizmos and Widgets | Internet | Storage

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