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Google Drive Launched With Free Cloud Storage

April 26, 2012 3 comments

Google Drive Launched With Free Cloud Storage

By Jack McCarthy, CRN

April 24, 2012 7:35 PM ET After months of anticipation, Google (NSDQ:GOOG) released its cloud storage service, called Google Drive, that greatly increases storage capacity and integrates across Google’s cloud platform.

Google Drive is the search giant’s answer to cloud storage competitors, including Box, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, and DropBox. Google partners greeted the launch enthusiastically and said its added storage capacity and integration features give business users impetus to access the rest of Google’s services.

Users will get 5GB of free storage, and they can choose to upgrade to either 25GB for $2.49 per month or 100 GB for $49.99 per month.

Google storage services also offer much greater collaboration with Google Docs, which the company said is built into Google Drive.

“Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience,” Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president for Chrome & Apps, wrote in a blog announcing Google Drive. “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. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like%

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