Google fans and tech enthusiasts will be pleased to find out that Google has officially released yesterday a competitor to Microsoft’s SkyDrive and to Apple’s iCloud storage solutions, the Google Drive. With the new service from Google, Google Drive, you can now store your files in the cloud, share them with your friends or even edit documents stored there.
If you already have a Google account, you can use Google Drive on a Windows PC, on Mac OS X Lion and on your Android device. From what we know, Google is working intensively on releasing an app for the iOS platform so that iPad owners can benefit from Google Drive.
In terms of specs, the new service from Google comes with a free 5GB of storage space for your pictures, videos or any other type of files. If you consider this amount to be insufficient for your needs, then you can upgrade Google Drive to 25GB for 2.49 USD per month, to 100 GBs for just 4.99 USD a month and last, you can have 1TB of storage space for a hefty 49.99USD per month.
Google decided to integrate their Google Docs service in Google Drive, meaning that users are allowed to edit documents stored on the Google Drive. You can also share documents with other users, add comments or reply to the existing ones regarding a specific document. As you would expect, Google implemented a really good search feature in Google Drive because you can find pretty much anything using the available criteria.
Google Drive was created to integrate with other services like Google+ or Gmail, meaning you can publish pictures really easy from your Google Drive account to Google+ or use them as attachments to new e-mails in Gmail. The latter feature is not yet available but Google promised that they are working on implementing it along with other features with third party developers. In the near future, Google wants to make it possible for users to create website drafts or edit video files right from within the Google Drive.
If you have a Gmail account, you can head on to the Google Drive link and add your name to the waiting list. Google Drive will be rolled out to all users based on a the waiting list. Don’t have an account? Well you should create one immediately to benefit from all the features Google Drive has to offer.