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Introducing Google Drive

Google has announced the arrival of its file sharing service, Google Drive. Similar to other cloud file sharing services like Dropbox and Evernote, Google Drive allows users to upload files that are stored in a cloud storage system. These files are then accessible from any device where Google Drive is installed (mobile devices, desktop, laptops, tablets).

What sets Google Drive apart from the other aforementioned services? For starters, Drive is integrated with Google Docs and the tools that come with it. Any file uploaded to Google Drive can be available for collaboration, and files can be edited directly from Google Drive. Another perk is that files from Google Drive can be accessed through an internet browser–no software install needed! This way, you can access your files on any given computer with internet access. Google Drive also uses text recognition (as Evernote does), making the process of searching through your documents for something much less tedious. It seems as though Google Drive may be the best of all worlds!

The features and space do come at a cost, however. Google Drive gives users their first 5GB free (comparable in space to an inexpensive USB flash drive). If they feel they need more room to store files, upgrade options are as follows:

  • 25GB = $2.48/month
  • 100GB = $4.99/month
  • 1TB = $49.99/month

Source: Google Drive is here! Really!…

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