If clouds are good enough for castles, (according to Cosette ), then certainly they should good enough for documents, or so thinks Google, which has announced a cloud-based document storage option for Google Docs .
Google wants to simplify the accessibility of documents which, when large in size, are troublesome to move about or make available. Email is not always an option. A USB drive isn’t practical if the documents are to be shared. And a central repository isn’t much use if it isn’t readily accessible.
Google is going to offer up to 1 GB of free storage in its cloud, on which you can load documents up to 250 MB in size. (Additional storage is available at a paltry 25-cents per gigabyte per year.) Documents, by default, are private, but can be readily accessed by others using shared folders.
Google’s offering is not something new--you can get this same feature from a number of places, like Dropbox, Windows Live, and MobileMe. But, unlike most services, Google’s is tied to a suite of productivity applications, providing one-stop convenience.
Cloud storage is not yet available, but will be rolled out over the next few weeks. Google says look for a “bubble notification” that announces the feature’s availability.
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