Google has now entered in to the Cloud Servicing solutions with Dropbox and SkyDrive with it’s version Google Drive.For starters it will give a user the ability to store his data (5 GB for free, then you would have to shell out some money if you want more) and is a revamp of it’s older product Google Docs. It is still not available for everyone, but soon will be rolled out to anyone or everyone having a gmail id.
Upgrades are 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month.You can find out more about the pricing here .Desktop apps for Windows as well as Application for Android is available. You can open Photoshop,Illustrator,Office Files and 30 more types and edit and save them online.Some of the features to boast of are:
- You and your colleagues can work on the same document at the same time and can see instant changes. (More sort of a Shared Workbook feature in Excel).
- You do not have to attach heavy files in mails and send them across to your team. You can now just send a Google drive link and everyone will have the same file updated
- Moreover, you can set permissions with who can edit the content and who can have only the read-only facility to control your documents the way you want.
- You can look back at your revisions as far as 30 days and can revert back to them anytime hassle free.
This might unsettle some DropBox users, but i personally do not think that every user would leave the Dropbox service to try this out.But if you are already using Google Docs, you don’t have to worry about your existing files as they will automatically appear in Google Drive as well. But one thing i would like to point out that, once you have successfully upgraded to Google Drive, you cannot go back to the old format of Google Docs. You would be redirected to Google Drive. With Google, you have all the Google Services along with the new Drive which can provide you with a pretty robust featured application powered by it’s ever dependant search engine.
How much will it be a headache for it’s competitor’s like DropBox,iCloud and SkyDrive remains to be seen. You can read more about it’s features here