Forget the rumors — Google Drive has officially LAUNCHED.
Today, we’re introducing Google Drive — a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.
Best of all, the most popular rumor about Google Drive — the free 5G of storage — is TRUE. If you need more storage, it’s actually pretty reasonable: 25G for $2.49 a month, 100G for $4.99 a month or even 1TB for $49.99 a month. AND if you upgrade to paid Google Drive, it increases your Gmail storage to 25G as well.
But how does it work?
Google Drive claims it works “seamlessly” with your current Google products. I haven’t reviewed it yet because “my” drive isn’t ready, apparently (why, Google, have you forsaken me?). But other have.
CNET calls it “slick, integrated” and says that Google Drive is really important for two reasons:
First, Google’s service goes well beyond rivals because of integration with Google Docs, Google+, Gmail, and other services
Second, beyond a basic free level, ordinary consumers will pay to use Google Drive — not much, but enough to make them into customers, not just users of an advertising-subsidized service. That’s a pretty big philosophical shift for Google.
The Next Web says it’s NOT a Dropbox killer, it’s a lot more.
First off, I was wrong. I had billed Google Drive as being a direct competitor for Dropbox, but it appears that Google has other ideas in mind. There’s absolutely no doubt that Drive is aimed squarely at enterprise-level storage options such as Box, with the hope that those companies are already using Google Apps services. But even if a company isn’t a Google Apps user, near-limitless storage could be a great way to persuade them toward being one.
As for me, I cannot WAIT to get my hands on Drive. When I replaced my Mac I lost all my Microsoft Office products and now rely fully on Google Docs for all my work stuff, and most of my clients use Google Apps for their documents as well. So Google Drive will be far more seamless for me than, say, Dropbox is.
Can’t wait! Let me know when you get it.