Rumors of Google Drive have been floating around for donkey’s years, every now and then people spoke and wrote about it – But Google never uttered a word about it… until yesterday!
Google has announced launch of Google Drive – a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Before you run to sign-up for Google Drive, let me tell you that it is not open to general public as yet. As with any of the Google product launches, they will be opening it up slowly – so hold your horses.
What is Google Drive?
As you would expect from any cloud drive, it offers space to store anything and everything, but with lot of extra’s. Think of Google Drive as a beautiful mix of Google docs, Google+ & Gmail with lot of storage. Here is what Google Drive offers:
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
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 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.
And if you are a gmail user – you have more good news… Google has extended the free mail limit storage of Gmail from 7.5 GB to 10 GB. In next 24 hours you should see your inbox size growing heavier!
Go register your self for Google Drive so you will be the first ones to get access when it arrives!