Coming Soon: Save Any Type of File to the Cloud with Google Docs
Article by George Norman
On 15 Jan 2010
For years now Google fans have been talking about GDrive, an online storage service that would allow users to upload, store and share any type of data in the cloud. Google on the other hand has been saying for years that GDrive is nothing but a myth, that it doesn’t exist. Then it pulled this one on us.

Earlier this week the Mountain View-based search engine giant said that it would enhance the functionality provided by Google Docs. The company announced that it would roll out the ability to upload, store and organize any type of file in Google Docs. Users can just upload a file then access said file from any computer anywhere in the world – as long as it is connected to the web, obviously. That file can be kept private, can be shared with friends only, or it can be shared with everyone by marking it as public.

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The downside is that unless you’re willing to part with some money, the total amount of space you can use free of space is of 1GB. There is one other caveat – the individual files you upload cannot be larger that 250MB.

“Instead of emailing files to yourself, which is particularly difficult with large files, you can upload to Google Docs any file up to 250 MB. You'll have 1 GB of free storage for files you don't convert into one of the Google Docs formats (i.e. Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), and if you need more space, you can buy additional storage for $0.25 per GB per year. This makes it easy to backup more of your key files online, from large graphics and raw photos to unedited home videos taken on your smartphone. You might even be able to replace the USB drive you reserved for those files that are too big to send over email,” explained Product Manager with Google Docs, Vijay Bangaru.

The new functionality will be rolled out to Google Docs users in the following weeks.



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