Google recently released Google Drive, the company’s version of a cloud storage service, similar to Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, and others.
In essence, Google Drive is an extension, or upgrade, of Google Docs. Here’s a short video from Google that explains what Google Drive is all about.
I’ve been using Google Docs for several years as my primary suite of tools for creating documents, spreadsheets, as well as a storage center for documents I receive from others. I also like the collaborative tools built into Google Docs, including the ability to work on projects in a Google+ Hangout. My wife uses Google Apps for her business. After getting acclimated to some of the differences, and shortcomings, of Google Docs, she and her team have been rolling for a couple of years without a hiccup. That is not to say that Google services, like Google Docs–>Drive, are for everyone. You really should consider your needs. If you frequently work with others using Microsoft Word, Google Docs may pose a formatting problem, because you’ll need to convert Word documents to Google Docs in order to edit them. The real issue, there, is the potential for losing the formatting of a document. Google Docs does a decent job of convey formatting, but stellar. The same applies for Excel and PowerPoint files. Fortunately, you can export documents in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, and other formats. I think this is really more of an issue for business users, but personal users could also be affected. For more on this issue, see the article by Tony Bradley.
The first 5GBs are free with Google Drive. If you need additional storage, here are the monthly pricing tiers.
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