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Google Drive is Now Live

By - Source: The Verge | B 58 comments

Google Drive is finally here!

After much rumor, speculation, and an accidental announcement post that launched this morning on the French official Google blog (that was subsequently deleted), Google has finally made Google Drive official.

Google Drive will offer 5 GB of storage for free, 24 GB for $2.49/month, 100 GB for $4.99/month, and 1 whopping TB of storage for $49.99/month. While the 1 TB of storage doesn’t come cheap, forking over $2.49 or $4.99 a month is pocket change. You can definitely part with your morning coffee for one day to pay for that amount of cloud storage.

Google Docs will now be integrated into Google Drive and it’ll function as it previously had. You’ll still be able to edit projects in real-time with others and share projects as you see fit. You’ll also be able to comment on any type of project, be it a Word document, PDF, or image, and receive notifications for new comments.

Google Drive also features a new search function, which will allow you to not only search by filename or file type, but also by text in scanned documents. Image recognition searches will also be allowed, although Google warns that it “is still in its early stages, and we [Google] expect it to get better over time.”

In celebration of Google Drive’s launch, Gmail’s expanded every user’s free storage from 7.5 GB to 10 GB. For those that opt to use Google Drive’s paid service, their Gmail storage will automatically be bumped up to 25 GB.

Google Drive is currently available for Mac, Windows, and Android, although Google promises that iOS support is coming soon.

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    makaveli316 , April 24, 2012 6:45 PM
    microsoft skydrive - free 25gb
    google drive - free 5gb is a joke.
  • 17 Hide
    Prince_Porter , April 24, 2012 7:08 PM
    It's free space, integrated into services you already use. Use it, or keep walking, but stop whining.
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    jayracer7474 , April 24, 2012 6:36 PM
    drive.google.com/start
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    jayracer7474 , April 24, 2012 6:30 PM
    well where the hell is it, I cant find it
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    LordConrad , April 24, 2012 6:34 PM
    Don't care, I already have 50GB of storage on Box.net at no charge.
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    Onus , April 24, 2012 6:35 PM
    ...and if I were in charge of IT in a company, one of the first things I'd do is block access to this at the firewall, with a zero-exception policy. This would be a great source for targeted infection. Remember Stuxnet?
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    jayracer7474 , April 24, 2012 6:36 PM
    drive.google.com/start
  • 4 Hide
    LORD_ORION , April 24, 2012 6:37 PM
    Or you could learn how to use the basic features in your home technology? :\

  • 7 Hide
    Cy-Kill , April 24, 2012 6:40 PM
    Sorry, 5GB is just not worth it, when their competition gives a lot more storage space!
  • 0 Hide
    jayracer7474 , April 24, 2012 6:41 PM
    yall haven't even tried it yet, I have bo, but this is special
  • 17 Hide
    makaveli316 , April 24, 2012 6:45 PM
    microsoft skydrive - free 25gb
    google drive - free 5gb is a joke.
  • 1 Hide
    dark_lord69 , April 24, 2012 6:54 PM
    eh...
    I have a personal cloud setup on my home network.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 6:58 PM
    jtt283...and if I were in charge of IT in a company, one of the first things I'd do is block access to this at the firewall, with a zero-exception policy. This would be a great source for targeted infection. Remember Stuxnet?

    I hate you and everything you stand for.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 6:59 PM
    lostmyclani prefer 5gb from google. 25 gb microsoft ? for all my life? our one day this will need a credit card ????

    I think in this day and age Microsoft is much less intrusive than Google when it comes to mining personal data. Of course it all ends up at the NSA anyway...
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    math1337 , April 24, 2012 7:08 PM
    It's actually 7GB from MS now. Not bad though.
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    Prince_Porter , April 24, 2012 7:08 PM
    It's free space, integrated into services you already use. Use it, or keep walking, but stop whining.
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    ap3x , April 24, 2012 7:10 PM
    Anyone have issues with using a Cloud based data storage solution from a Company that crawls and indexes all kinds of data and whose revenue stream primarily comes from their search and directed marketing products?

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    ap3x , April 24, 2012 7:13 PM
    andboomerI think in this day and age Microsoft is much less intrusive than Google when it comes to mining personal data. Of course it all ends up at the NSA anyway...


    Why not just use Dropbox and not worried about possible data mining issues that may occur?
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    koga73 , April 24, 2012 7:14 PM
    encrypt everything you upload
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    jaybus , April 24, 2012 7:21 PM
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    jtt283: I hate you and everything you stand for

    That's because you don't understand the accountability problems involved. Is Google Drive HIPAA compatible? Who would be responsible if medical records were stored on Google Drive and it was hacked? Read the fine print carefully.

    Also, does Microsoft put the source code to Windows 8 on SkyDrive? Does Google put their employee personal info and payroll on GoogleDrive? I think NOT.
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    panders4 , April 24, 2012 7:21 PM
    My google docs app turned into google drive when I updated it.
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    halcyon , April 24, 2012 7:28 PM
    I don't trust it.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 7:37 PM
    jaybusThat's because you don't understand the accountability problems involved.

    You're right, I don't understand. I didn't realize that Google Drive was intended to be used to store and share confidential and personal customer files. Seems like a great, super legit idea.

    Silly me, I use my company's secured* transfer tools for such activities.

    *note: probably not 100% secure. I'm not naïve.
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