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Woohoo! I've been using this since I joined Google, LOVE IT.
Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive. It turns out, one of the two actually does exist. Today, we're introducing Google Drive—a place where you can cre...
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Sure don't love the 5x price increase. Thankfully I just re-upped my google storage so I'm grandfathered for another year.
 
Is ALL data transfer over SSL? in and out?
 
Why can I edit a MS Word doc offline and sync when I reconnect but only view GDocs offline???
 
Seems strange to rebrand the office tools as "Drive" also, no? Shouldn't the Drive be where everything is stored, and then something like Office/Work/etc be just one of the many apps that uses what is stored in the Drive?

Makes no sense the way it is now.
 
+Jeff Karpinski ditto - I also just renewed for another year. Hoping I'm grandfathered indefinitely!
Jon Dye
 
The office stuff is actually still called Google Docs, so I dunno what you're on about.
 
I followed the link from that page, and it says the drive isn't ready yet :( But they'll notify me (like with Google+). Fail google
 
+Jon Dye In the black Google menu bar I just have "Drive" now and Documents is gone. That's what I was referring to.
 
5 GB free..meh. Skydrive from Microsoft gives me 25 GB free.
 
Awesome! Been looking forward to Drive for a long time.

+Mo Hasan Since when is raw storage capability the most important thing when deciding to use any device or service? There are many more important qualities to consider.
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MS only gives 25 gigs away because they know nobody wants to use their service.
 
+Jim Woods You don't have to convert your files to Google Doc types, but if you do, they don't count against your storage. And considering how bloated Microsoft Office files get, one Powerpoint Presentation will probably eat that entire 25gb that Skydrive might give you.
 
out of interest do you know ho long it has been in the testing phase/ when was it first made/conceived?
 
Interesting. I am not in Google, but was using Google Storage for Developers. Was getting storage at least ;-)
 
+Alex Murphy It comes down to raw storage. Everyone is starting to include desktop sync, music/video streaming, apps, security etc etc so the only thing that matters now is the amount of storage.
Jon Dye
 
plus, if anyone is willing to count the e-mail storage, unlimited video storage on youtube, and all the google play storage we have, it goes way beyond 25 gigs.
 
Hey Kevin! What about to roll out some invites to Google Drive for us :P
 
+Cory Bernardo I signed up early for Skydrive. Yesterday when I logged into my account I had the option to upgrade to free 25GB. Competition is a great thing!
 
I expect I will be using to see which I like better of it and dropbox.
 
So far it reminds me of Dropbox but with less free space. Yes, I know Dropbox starts with 2GB but with referrals and the photo upload beta I was able to get it up to 7.5G or so. I can still get the referrals to up it even higher. I do not like the service doing OCR or anything like that on my data.
 
This sucks. I just downloaded the app and it told me that it is not yet ready. Everyone has been talking about this service for the last 4 years. I am so tired of hearing about Google Drive. Don't get me wrong, I will use it, but I am so tired of hearing about it.
 
Things it's missing: copying public link from the desktop app, a decent photo viewer in the web app, previous file versions like dropbox.
 
+Victor Stuber +danilo pellegrinelli I know Docs had versioning, and I'm fairly certain Drive still has it as well.

Edit: it does: "Google Drive tracks every change you make—so when you hit the save button, a new revision is saved. You can look back as far as 30 days automatically, or choose a revision to save forever."
 
Now they just need to make it available to the rest of us!
 
It's been years in the making and they still don't have an #iOS app ready? For me, mobile access on my iPad is a critical feature of any cloud storage solution, and +SugarSync works very well for me. Given Google's poor performance with iOS, I doubt very much that I'll feel compelled to switch over to #googledrive .
 
+Kevin Rose we know you've been using it since you joined, but I also bet you have way more storage than any of us.... :( sad face
 
Wanted to get an account but says it's not available for me yet. Not sure why. I'm in Florida and not in another country. Is there a invitation or something I can get +Kevin Rose ? :-)
 
How do I activate for a domain?
 
Love it more than Dropbox? Of course, you're a Googler now XD
 
dang it. GOOGLE.... stop teasing me. "Get Google Drive... " .. yeah yeah.. guess what.. mine isn't ready yet :(
 
I was actually very surprised that they offered Drive for Google Apps for Education as well.
 
Google Drive? where is the word sky gone? i am confused!
 
+Sercan Paran I haven't researched it, but I'm a huge fan of Dropbox to begin with. Right now, this just seems like more me too-ism from Google. What happened to innovation?
 
Not entirely impressed with the 'we can do what we want with your files' bit of the TOS though, that really needs to be rewritten
 
They are going to have to rewrite this section of their TOS policy if they want it to see wide spread use. This is not an uninformed, uneducated stance: the following line:

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.

Under the section your content in our services, is going to need to be changed in order to get content creators to start utilizing it.
 
+John Rockefeller..I think it is related..unless I'm not totally understanding what you meant..you feel like Google is doing "me too-ism"...Couldn't that be said of lets say Kia Motors? Google does plenty of innovation...but I also don't really have a problem if they add another player in the game..such as Cloud Storage, or Music store..

Or am I just totally out to lunch? (genuinely interested in your thoughts)
 
+Tyler Durston Coming up with a cloud storage app was news when Dropbox did it 4 YEARS AGO. Creating a competing service that does nothing (as far as I know) above and beyond Dropbox and serves no purpose other than an example of NIH, is me-too-ism. It reeks of the stuff Microsoft spent the last 10 years doing.
 
Got mine today...and the app loaded exactly what I needed...the Documents portion. Awesome!
 
+John Rockefeller..but why is that a bad thing if Google adds competition? Plus...the price points of Google Drive is way better than Dropbox..wouldn't you agree?
 
+Tyler Durston It's great that they now have this service and that it might be cheaper than Dropbox. It's still a me-too. Once they start doing things that Dropbox doesn't do, I'll be excited.
 
I'll stick with my free 16gb of dropbox, plus I had to uninstall drive because my computer started acting weird
 
post to Google Drive and they OWN your shit!!


"Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content."

#FAIL
 
does not compete with my 32.2Gb of free DropBox space
 
+David Kidwell agreed..I'm definitely going to be careful with what I upload to my Google Drive..atleast until they change that..
 
A lot of people keep implying that you have to choose between Drive or Dropbox? Why can't you use both at the same time? Can anyone explain this to me?
 
You can use multiple cloud services at one time. I do. I use six of them including Amazon S3.
 
+John Champion That's what I mean. I use Drive, Dropbox and SugarSync, but since Drive was launched people keep asking if they should replace Dropbox with Drive. Use both.
 
So, what client are you using since you are a Mac user? I've always seen you with a Mac on "Diggnation" or are you using Windows these days? #driveforlinux
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