Google Drive Launched, Gives 5GB Free Cloud Storage

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Cloud storage apps are nothing new – DropBox, SkyDrive, Box, iCloud, and a host of others are already handling the digital storage needs of many – but when the giant of the internet launches its own cloud storage service, it’s time to sit up and take notice. Introducing Google Drive, with 5GB of free storage, right off the bat.

Cloud storage apps are nothing new – DropBox, SkyDrive, Box, iCloud, and a host of others are already handling the digital storage needs of many – but when the giant of the internet launches its own cloud storage service, it’s time to sit up and take notice. Introducing Google Drive, with 5GB of free storage, right off the bat.

The big difference between Google Drive and the other cloud storage options is that it is built to work seamlessly with other Google apps and to integrate with your overall Google experience. It’s said to be simple to attach your photos from Drive to your posts in Google+, to attach items directly from Drive to Gmail, and third-party developers are building apps so you can do a variety of other things with your data – like sending faxes, editing videos and creating website mockups – directly from Drive.

With Google Drive, you can: Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items. Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader. Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.”

Get 5GB of storage for free, or choose to upgrade to 25GB of storage ($2.49/month), 100GB ($4.99/month) or even 1TB ($49.99/month). Users who upgrade will also get expanded Gmail storage – up to 25GB.

Give it a whirl here: Google Drive