Last Tuesday, Google officially launched its long-rumored Drive applications, which offers 5 GB of free cloud-based file storage. It is basically a service that enables users to “create, share, collaborate” and keep all of their stuff. They can upload and access all types of files like videos, images, Google Docs, PDFs and more.
What Google Drive has to Offer
The Google Drive allows its users to work with their colleagues on a joint project, plan an event with their friends, or track budgets with their roommates—anytime, anywhere.
- Create and Share Content with Others
Since Google Docs is built right into the Google Drive, users can easily work with other people in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Other than creating and sharing content, they can also add a reply or comment on any file types, and be notified when other people left a feedback on shared items.
- Securely Store and Access Everything while on the Go
A user can store and access his or her files on the Drive, whether he or she is at home or in the office while surfing the Internet, or accessing the World Wide Web through other devices while on the go.
- Search Anything from Everything
Google Drive lets users search by keyword and other filter options by type, owner and more. The app can also recognize text in scanned documents using the Optical Character Recognition technology. For example, if a user scanned an old newspaper clipping, he or she can search for a word from the actual article’s text. Although the OCR technology is still in its early stages, the search engine giant hopes to get it better over time.
How to Get Started
Users can get 5 GB of cloud-based storage for free when they sign up for a Google Drive. They can also upgrade to 25 GB, 100 GB or 1 TB for only $2.49, $4.99 and $49.00 per month respectively. The good thing about it is that moving to a paid account can boost a user’s Gmail account storage to 25 GB.
This application is available to Mac and PC users, and can be downloaded on Android phones and tablets. Google is currently working hard on bringing this application to the iOS. Regardless of the platform, blind users can also use Drive with the help of screen reader. All they need to do is head on to Google Drive’s official website for more details.