When I started techinitio, Google Drive was my first post on this blog. I guess I was the first one (among fellow bloggers from India) to write on Google Drive on 9th April 2012.
You can view article on Google Drive at Google Drive.
Google Drive is now officially "in the cloud" storage service which comes with free 5 GB storage space and Google Docs functionality integration.
Google Drive Storage
Users can expand the available storage space to 25 GB by paying a subscription fee of 2.49 dollars per month. To receive 100 GB it is necessary a payment of $ 4.99, and for $ 49.99 we get a real online hard-disk, offering a capacity of 1 TB. Upgrade to any of the paid versions of Google Drive brings and storage expansion to 25 GB of the Gmail account. Like Google Docs, Google Drive allows users to work in parallel with open documents, provide facilities for distributing content to other users, add and receive comments, respectively the notification system for comments to documents and files stored online.
Google Drive Features
In terms of advanced features, Google Drive collection allows us to look for files using keywords, or applying filters to the desired file type, the user name that had uploaded the file/documents and more. Among other things, Google Drive offers an OCR function for text recognition of scanned documents. Google states that Google Drive is adapted to function perfectly with other Google services. For example, users can attach photos saved in Google Drive to posts on Google +, and soon the email attachments composed with Gmail. Being an open platform, Google Drive can be integrated with third-party applications and services, facilitating activities as sending faxes, video editing or designing a website directly from the storage space provided online.
Google Drive is available for PCs with Windows and Mac, Android devices and soon will be available for Apple products like the iPhone and iPad. With the launch of Google Drive, the company offered for Gmail users another reason to celebrate, increasing the limit of free storage space to 10 GB. Google believes that adjusting to the new limit of storage space will not last more than 24 hours, bringing an additional 1.5 GB to the 7.5 GB limit imposed before. You must know that new users registered with Google Drive, who choose to extend the 5 GB free storage by paying for one of the packages of 25 GB, 100 GB or 1TB, can use this space with Gmail as well.
If you prefer the free versions of these services, you will need to be satisfied with the 10 GB for Gmail and 5 GB for Google Drive. This is an option that not many will be satisfied with because for a payment of $2.49 for 25 GB or $4.99 for 100 GB they will have an online storage space which comes with so many wins. Think about the mobility and the easy access to all of your documents, pictures, movies and more in just a couple of seconds.
Through this service Google is one step further of creating the perfect online ecosystem.