We have a new kid on the block. Besides Box, Cloud Drive, Dropbox, iDrive, and Skydrive, Google is now offering its cloud storage service. Google Drive is freemium service, which replaces Google Docs, allows you to store files and access them anywhere from your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.
Google Drive offers you 5GB of free storage space, but any documents you create with Google Docs do not count against your storage. In other words, you could have more than 5GB free storage space. Also, one of the unique features of Google Drive is that Google Drive viewer helps you preview over 16 different file types:
- Microsoft Word (.DOC and .DOCX)
- Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX)
- Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF)
- Apple Pages (.PAGES)
- Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
- Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
- Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF)
- Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
- Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
- PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
- TrueType (.TTF)
- XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
- Archive file types (.ZIP and .RAR)
- Text files (.TXT)
- Markup/Code (.CSS, .HTML, .PHP, .C, .CPP, .H, .HPP, .JS)
So, you can upload a movie to your Google Drive and play it back within your browser, no matter where you are. Furthermore, just like your Google Docs, you can share files, folders, or even your entire drive with anyone.
Google’s service is available for Macintosh, Windows and Android devices. An iOS version is coming soon. If you have a Google account, you can logon and enable the Google Drive service. Once you have access to your Drive, you’re ready to get started by uploading or downloading your files.
I have tested the Google Drive since it launched last week. So far, it lives up to my expectations. Google Drive is quite fast and is also very easy to use. With Google Docs and Google Drive, teachers and students can create, collaborate, share, and keep all of their files to the cloud. They can upload, access, and search all of their files, including videos, photos, music, Google Docs, and PDFs.