Let's just say that I jumped the gun with the leaked Google Drive info article that I'd written, with drive.google.com going live about 20 minutes later. But if you thought the leaked information was impressive, the official announcement and features will blow your mind! As the Senior VP of Chrome and Apps at Google, Sundar Pichai, puts it, Google Drive is less about storage and more about creating and collaborating with storage just happening along the way.
Here's a quick run-down of the next-big-thing in cloud storage, Google Drive:
Google Docs has been replaced by Google Drive. The service comes with the ability to create new documents, presentations, and spreadsheets instantly. You can allow others to access these documents and watch changes in real-time.
Bulky attachments can now be replaced with Google Drive links, giving access to the same file easily.
Pictures and videos uploaded to Google Drive are instantly available on Google+. Sharing with your circles is just one click away.
Powerful search options allows you to look up content by keywords or filter on file type or owners. The best feature of this search option is the ability to recognize objects in images and text from scanned documents.
Over 30 file types are supported, giving you the ability to view files from Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and HD video, to name a few, even without the relevant software installed on your desktop.
Google Drive features app support, allowing you to create, open, and share files from a variety of apps directly.
Multiple settings options allows you to share documents with everyone while specifying whether they would be able to edit or comment on the file, or just view it.
Tracks every change made, i.e. every time you save a document, a new revision is saved. You can view these revisions from as far as 30 days back.
Google's cloud storage service comes with 5GB of free storage space, with an additional 25GB available for just $2.49 per month. You can further expand your storage space to 100GB for $4.99/month and 200GB for $9.99/month. Corporate accounts go up to an incredible 16TB, which costs $799/month.
The Google Drive application is available for Windows, OS X, and Android, with iOS support coming soon. You can download the Android version of the app available on the Google Play Store, here.
You can watch the intro video of Google Drive here:
What are your thoughts? Is Google Drive all you hoped for? Is 5GB free storage too little? If you've tried Google Drive already, let us know your experience in the comments section below.