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Google Drive launches today

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Just one day after Microsoft launched their new SkyDrive service with tiered storage pricing, Google launched the much anticipated Google Drive. On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Google shared the details of Google Drive for consumers and businesses as “a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your work.

The Google Drive comes with 5 GB of free storage. Users can purchase additional storageup to 16 TB. Costs are charged per month with rates starting at $2.49 for 25 GB ($29.88 per year). The tiers are slightly different than SkyDrive and quickly move into larger sizes after 25 GB. 100 GB will cost a user $4.99 per month ($59.88 per year). The 16 TB plan will cost users $799.99 per month. Most users will probably not need anywhere near the top tier of storage, but it is good to know the upper limit.

If additional storage is purchased, Gmail storage also will increase to 25 GB. This is up from the 7.5 GB Gmail allows for storage of email and attachments already. Themaximum file size is 10 GB, which is significantly larger than the 2 GB SkyDrive announced yesterday.

Google Drive also includes the great search capabilities you would expect from a Google product. It also has integrated connections to Gmail and Google+. On their feature page, Google shares that pictures and videos shared on Google+ can be easily connected directly from your Google Drive.

There are already apps available for Windows, Macs, and Android devices. TUAW reports that an iOS app is in the works as well. For some users, Google Drive may not be ready yet. To check on the status navigate to: https://drive.google.com/ If your Google Drive is not ready yet, click on the “Notify me” button to receive notification on its availability.

The challenge with Google Drive, SkyDrive or any of these new services will be the integration with third-party vendors. Based on other reports, Google may already be working on these partnerships.

Still wondering which service to use? Take a look at an Engadget article that compares each of the services and prices.



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