Ironically, although Google has managed to develop a wide range of cloud-based apps such as Gmail, GDocs and so on, all of which are useful to both businesses and home workers alike, the company doesn’t have a dedicated storage system.
However, that could be about to change, I believe.
The search engine company has been working on Google Drive for many years, but to date nothing has been launched. However, I recently heard Google may be about to do so.
If it is launched then this could theoretically put a nail in Dropbox’s coffin. Dropbox is currently the major cloud storage system around, but with many of its customers also using Google products, they may well drop the former to keep everything in-house.
What will Google Drive offer?
According to commentators, it will offer an initial 5GB of storage free. This apparently is more than what Dropbox offers, but is less than Microsoft’s at 25GB.
However, from what I gather, Google Drive isn’t aimed at competing with Microsoft but with the likes of Dropbox and iCloud, Apple’s recent innovation instead.
The major benefit of using Google Drive, despite its relatively small free storage facility, is the fact that it integrates with all the other featured applications. In other words, a user simply signs into their Google account and accesses everything needed including Google Drive, all at the touch of a button.
Experts, however, suggest that while this new add-on will certainly help businesses and others who use Google, the latter is not expected to make much of a financial return on its investment.
We shall see.