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Google Promotes New File Synchronization for Google Docs

As many of you know there are a lot of online file synchronization solutions out there that help you keep files and data updated and backed up.  Some of the ones that have been discussed in various presentations include:

Google used to use Box.net for synchronization but has just now released their new relationship with Insync.

Like other cloud based file synchronization and file backup solutions, Insync has different plans depending on the number of users and how much space you might want or need.  This includes:

  • Cheapskate -1GB syncing limit for unlimited computers – Cost: Free
  • Pro -16TB syncing limit for single user and unlimited computers – Cost: $25/year  (introductory offer)
  • Business -16TB syncing limit for unlimited computers with centralized billing and user administration for 5 users minimum – Cost: $3/user/month  (introductory offer)

So, if you have a Google account and files in Google Docs, you can now collaborate and share those files with others with greater ease using this new Google service.

Important Update (12/12/11): Just got word from Insync that they are reworking their pricing. Now if you have a Google account, Insync is now free with no limits on storage.

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  • Nishadha@diagram resources said on January 11th, 2012 #

    Anyone can create a Google account for free, so if the service is free for Google account holders how do they hope to make money from the service.

  • Lynn Churchill said on January 11th, 2012 #

    The company did charge for its service prior to the integration with Google. As with most of Google’s services, I suspect advertising plays a role in funding their “free” applications. In their professional versions, I suspect they’ll get a small cut of the pie from the subscriptions to pay for their role. Thanks for the question.

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