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What is Google Drive?

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what is google drive

After so many rumors, Google Drive was finally launched in April 2012. What is Google drive and how can it benefit you?

Cloud storage has been dominated by Dropbox so far. Yes there have been other tools like MS SkyDrive and Apple iCloud, but Google Drive might be different than the rest.

What is Google drive?

It is a cloud storage tool. What is cloud storage? In layman terms, it’s about storing your important data on the internet so that you can access it from anywhere and anytime.

Google Drive offers free services as well as premium ones. If you are like me, you might want to stick to the free offer where you get 5GB of space. But if you want to upgrade, it would be $2.49 each month for 25 GB and $4.99 each month for 100 GB. And if you have a bigger wallet, $49.99 would get you 1TB of space. So I might switch to 25 GB later… but for now, I’m fine with the free option.

Tip: If you want to save money and still get more space, you can use both Google Drive and Dropbox. Dropbox offers you 2GB of free data and 500 MB for every referral, which can go up to 18GB.

Google Drive currently supports above 30 types of file formats like Photoshop, HD videos, and Adobe Illustrator. And you can run these programs even if you don’t have the right client installed on your computer, which makes it very charming. For example, if you don’t have the right video player on your computer, you can still play a video file from Google Drive.

I remember when we had to store files in email attachments before we heard of cloud computing. But with Google Drive, just upload the file and when you have to share it, send the link to a friend.

iCloud by Apple is for Apple users only, but Google Drive is for all platforms. You don’t have to be an Android user to access it. You can use it on your iPad/iPhone as well.

A competitor to Dropbox? I would think so… with 5GB of free storage, I would want to move from Dropbox to Drive- so I’m thinking others might do the same.

What is Google Drive? Substitute to Dropbox for sure. Try Google Drive and let me know of your experience through comments.