Google Drive launches (finally) with 5GB of free storage

According to an announcement made on its French blog site, Google has launched its GDrive, offering users 5GB of free space – an increase of 4GB over what it had been offering users of Google Docs.

While no official notice has come from Google, according to onlinepublication TechCrunch, the company apparently posted details of thenew cloud storage service on itsFrench blog and then quickly deletedthem.
 
The blog post reveals that Google Drive will offer users 5GBof freespace, and additional capacity that starts at $4 per month for 20GB.
 

As expected, Google’s cloud storage service will offer comprehensivesearch capabilities that include support for Optical CharacterRecognition (OCR) documents and image recognition.
 
There will be a Web-based file interface that offers access to 30different file types, including HD video, Photoshop and Illustrator.
 
Additionally, Google will launch apps for PCs, Macs and Android-enableddevices. The company expects to launch an iOS app in comingweeks.
 
Lucas Mearian coversstorage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial servicesinfrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas onTwitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas’s RSS feed. His e-mailaddress is lmearian@computerworld.com.
 

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