If you’ve been using Google Documents, you’ve more than likely noticed the warning:
“Google Docs will soon be upgraded to Google Drive.”
Google Drive is exactly what you think! A cloud-based storage product that integrates Google Docs and makes sharing and collaboration easier with Google+ and Gmail. Perfect for, but not limited to, students and group projects.
When you sign up, you get started with 5GB free. You’ll be able to store any type of files and, of course, access them anywhere. The service will be available on all major devices, including PC and Mac, Chrome OS, iPhone and iPad, and Android devices. If 5GB is not enough, for $2.49/month, you can get 25GB.
The most intriguing feature of Drive is the ability to open files that you’d otherwise need a specific program for, such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. At the moment, Google is guaranteeing at least 30 different file types.
In addition, Google offers apps specifically made for Drive so that you can expand your capabilities. With these apps you’ll be able to edit images and video, create charts and flooring designs, and even edit AutoCAD files. For 30 days, your revisions will be saved automatically so you can always go back to a previous version. You’ll also have the option to save a revision forever.
Forget the USB drive on your key chain! I definitely recommend Google Drive if you haven’t dipped your toes in cloud computing yet.