Google Drive launches; 5GB cloud storage, Game changing bet or a mere gimmick?

Google finally launches Google Drive, the cloud storage service by Google, offers 5 GB free storage, Google Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience (i.e. across Google docs, G+, Picasa etc). You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. It also serves as a Cloud Storage for business tips to keep your data safe. And if the likes of such services appeal you, then you might think of many places which would be in need of such services. For example, if you run a business, one of the fundamental aspects of it would be to enhance the security of the place, to minimize risks and possibilities of espionage. And for this, you might employ services like the ones Arcules.com offers, which is to provide the best surveillance systems. And one of the dilemmas in this would be to store all that footage, which is where services like these come into play.

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Here are the features it offer, according to Google

  • 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.

If you wish to get more storage, Google is offering a paid option of 25GB per year for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month and 1TB for $49.99/month, quite nominal.

Google has increased Gmail storage from 7.5GB to 10GB for everybody, post Google Drive launch.

Google is rolling out Google Drive, if you haven’t received the update, Click Here to be notified when it is rolled out for you.

Is it a threat to Dropbox, iCloud and more or just a display of technology supremacy by Google, you decide.

The DNetWorks Team

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