Google, the Web’s mightiest search giant—another industry mantra—has launched Google Drive today, offering its millions of users and potential millions of new customers the world’s largest digital filing cabinet ever.
Reporting from San Jose, California, the Associated Press this morning said the Google Drive launch today in the US now provides its users a product that stores personal documents, photos, videos and a wide range of online content on computers run by the company.
In an obvious attempt to consolidate its grip on its millions of users now dependent on its services, the California-based search company said Google Drive when used as a data center will allow users to call up information on their Internet-connected devices—PCs, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
Google Drive will then allow users to share content easily with friends and family by providing links to the information, without having to go through the slower attachment-by-email process of the past.
The company said the first five gigabytes of storage will be free. Monthly rates will then be available for additional storage space, starting from $2.49 for 25 gigabytes to $49.99 for one terabyte. This is roughly the equivalent of five laptops with traditional 200-gigabyte drives.
Users may now avail of the new digital cabinet feature through a web-based interface or as a software installation in Windows-based PCs, Mac computers and laptops running on Google’s Chrome operating system. Users can also avail of the service for mobile devices powered by Google’s Android OS.
For users with Apple’s iPhone and iPads, a compatible version will be available within the next few weeks.
For the world at large, Google Drive will be available in about the same period of wait.