All signs point to the release in early April of Google Drive, the company’s much-anticipated cloud storage locker that will offer 5GB of free storage and provide access to data from mobile phones, tablets or desktops.
Google Drive is expected within the first two weeks of April and will allow users to upload and share photos, documents, videos and other content in the cloud.
The offering will compete with cloud storage rivals, including Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Box and Microsoft SkyDrive. Dropbox offers 2GB free to users, Box and Apple iCloud offer 5GB free, and Microsoft SkyDrive offers 25 GB. Google Drive is expected to integrate with Gmail, allowing users to share content via links embedded in e-mail. Drive may also integrate with Google’s cloud collaboration and communication suite. One feature of great interest to business users of the storage service is expected to be admin-managed storage, which will allow IT administrators in businesses to purchase the service for multiple employees.
Currently, Google Docs provides 1GB of free storage and allows users to purchase more storage individually. Allowing an administrator to purchase storage for multiple employees will make using Google storage much easier for organizations.