After months of speculation, Google has officially launched Google Drive today. Google Drive is a cloud based storage like Dropbox which would allow users to store free data up to 5 GB on Google’s servers.
Initially, the service is available for PC, Mac and Android devices and the support for iPhone & iPad would be added very soon.
What is Cloud Computing:
Cloud computing is the next stage and future of Internet evolution. It allows you access all the services from applications to business processes, software to storage, wherever & whenever you need. Cloud computing has completely revolutionized the way companies use technology to service customers and suppliers.
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According to the company post – With Google Drive, you can:
1) Create and collaborate: Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets & presentations. When you share content with others, you can also add & reply to comments on anything & receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
2) Store everything safely & access it anywhere on the go: You can access all your stuff from anywhere—on the web, at the office, in your home, at the office,& from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your PC or Mac & can download the Drive app to your Android devices. The support for iPhone & iPad would also be added later.
3) Search everything: Google also introduces Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology on Google Drive which can even recognize text in scanned documents. For instance, you upload a scanned image of an old magazine clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. Google also introduces Image recognition so that if you drag & drop photos from your Lake trip into Drive, you can later search for [Lake] & photos of that trip would pop up.
You can get started on Google drive with 5GB of storage for free. You can also choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month and 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.
And to celebrate the launch of Google Drive, the free storage in GMail has been also increased from 7.5 GB to 10 GB.
What’s the Best Cloud Option?
There are many cloud options to store your data. Here’s the list of all cloud options with their features:
So, What do you think of Google Drive? Is it the beginning of the end of Dropbox?