Google launching cloud storage service called Drive, to rival Microsoft’s SkyDrive?


Google is reportedly working on launching its very own cloud-storage service similar to Dropbox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. The new service, called Drive, is the company’s response to other cloud based file storage services that allow access from multiple devices.

“Drive allows people to store photos, documents and videos on Google’s servers so that they could be accessible from any Web-connected device and allows them to easily share the files with others,” the report indicated. Users of this new Drive service can upload a file through the Drive mobile app and email a link to that file rather than attaching that bulky file to an email.

Drive is reported to launch in the coming weeks or months and is expected to be free for most users. Of course, Google may charge a fee for those who desire a larger amount of storage. Drive is expected to be a part of Google Apps, a suite of online software catered to businesses.

Google originally attempted to launch a cloud-storage service back in 2007 but the company never followed through with the idea. The service was called G-Drive and it allowed users to store music, files, and other data online.

Microsoft’s SkyDrive, on the other hand, has been going strong with a recent release of OneNote for Android (with SkyDrive support). The company has been working on having SkyDrive integration with Windows 8 as well as allowing users to access their files on other devices via the cloud as well as from an iPhone app.

Lets not forget about Dropbox, who has over than 45 million members saving billions of files every week.