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Google Gdrive Update

Friday, December 21st, 2007 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Using The Internet
 
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Q:
Awhile back, you ran a tip about something called the Gdrive from Google. I remember reading about it and finding it very interesting, but I never heard anything else about it. Do you have any updated details on it? Any information you have would be a great help. Thanks!

A:
Ah, yes, Google’s Gdrive. That’s a name I haven’t heard in quite some time, but I definitely remember writing about it. Just like you, I found it to be very interesting as well, but after that tip was put in the newsletter, I never really heard anything else about the Gdrive. So, when I saw this question in my e-mail the other day, I went on a researching frenzy. I wanted to find out what was going on with it just as much as you did and let me tell you, I found some information I think you’re really going to like!

First of all, I want to remind everyone about what exactly the Gdrive is. To do that, I copied a couple excerpts from the original tip for you below. Once you refresh your memory, we’ll then move on and find out what Google has in mind to do with the Gdrive next. Let’s take a look see, shall we?!

To begin, the Gdrive would basically offer you an unlimited amount of storage space for just about any type of document (e-mails, Web sites, pictures, favorites, etc.) you may have. Google has been talking for quite awhile now about “a world of infinite storage, bandwidth and CPU power.” In the past, they’ve also mentioned how they would like to “house all user files” and allow them to be accessible from anywhere. And that’s exactly what the Gdrive would bring to the table. The logo for the Gdrive seems to be “Store 100%,” simply put, because they want to be able to store all of your data for you. People who wish to have an off site backup place for their data would certainly eat this right up. Users with a good broadband connection would probably also enjoy the Gdrive.

At the end of that tip, I told you not to get your hopes up, because at that time, everything about the Gdrive was still a rumor. I wasn’t sure how long we were going to have to wait for it to actually be released, so I didn’t want you all to be disappointed if it didn’t work out. Well, from the looks of things now, the wait is almost over! That’s right, according to a few online articles I have read, it looks like Google is finally ready to release the Gdrive. There’s not a whole lot of information out about it yet, but it seems as if the Gdrive will debut soon.

Now, as most of you probably know, Google already offers various online storage options, but it sounds like the Gdrive will improve those even more. More than likely, the Gdrive will end up tying all of those services together into a single search box. That way, you won’t have to go back and forth between the different programs any longer. It’s also been said that the Gdrive will act more like an overlay to the other file management utilities, instead of just an extra extension. That makes it even better!

Like I said, there is no official release date for the Gdrive as of yet, but it definitely sounds like both free and paid versions will be on their way shortly. Maybe Google’s just waiting to give you a late Christmas gift and they’ll surprise you with the release right after New Year’s. You just never know! I will continue to keep you updated on this, but until then, just keep your eyes and ears open. The Gdrive will be comin’ to town soon!

~ Erin

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