Google Drive officially launches with 5GB free storage, Google Docs integration

Google has just made Google Drive official. As expected, there will be 5GB of free storage for documents, videos, photos, PDFs and other files. The prices have been announced and users can buy more space by charge; to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49 a month, 100GB for $4.99 a month or 1TB for $49.99 a month.

Cloud Storage services such as Dropbox  and Microsoft’s Skydrive have been updating his features the last few weeks. Today it is Google’s turn. Google Docs is built within Google Drive and that means that users can work with others in real-time and share content as well. Adding and replying to comments is also one of the features. When a comment is posted, the users will receive a notification.

The difference between Google Drive and other Cloud Storage services is that it has its search functions. Users can search everything in Drive by using a keyword or filter by file type, owner and more.  This feature can also be used for scanned documents though!

Sundar Pichai, Senior vice president of Chrome of Google Inc said: “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.’’

Users can get anywhere access to their stuff such as at home, office and devices because Google Drive can be installed on the Mac, PC and Android. However, Google is still developing Google Drive for the iPhone and iPad so should be out soon.

Google Drive is now available and get started with 5GB free!




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