After years of rumors, whispers and supposed false starts -- and a week of anticipatory service upgrades from competitors like Dropbox and SkyDrive -- Google Drive is finally here. Yep, Google's getting into the increasingly crowded cloud storage game and it's bringing wallet-friendly price points and a bevy of features swiped from Google Docs and others.
The new SkyDrive features added late last week were, apparently, just the tip of the iceberg; today, Microsoft unleashed a new and improved preview version of its cloud-storage service that adds local SkyDrive clients, default Live Mesh-like functionality, the ability to pay for extra storage and more. Heads-up for existing users, though; your SkyDrive allotment could shrink from its current 25GB down to just 7GB if you don't act fast.
Microsoft's Metro-ified vision of the future relies heavily on users being able to access files and user settings no matter what Windows 8 device they're logged into. The SkyDrive cloud service will (obviously) be a large part of that cohesion. Gearing up for that, the SkyDrive team announced a handful of new features for the service. It's not the unlimited storage space for docs and photos that has long been rumored, but the changes are good ones nonetheless.
We'll try to avoid throwing around the term 'Dropbox killer' to describe Google's upcoming Google Drive service, which according to leaked information on the Internet is slated to launch next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. Google Drive, even if it's awesome, probably won't decimate Dropbox unless Dropbox stands pat, but it will debut with more than twice as much free storage space.
The mythical Google Drive cloud storage service just keeps getting better and better. Within a few days, the perennially-rumored service has gone from having 1GB of gratis storage space to 5GB. As is the case with most unsubstantiated reports, this latest GDrive rumor is also based on an anonymous tip. But the anonymous source in this case was kind enough to provide some ocular proof. Hit the jump for more.
After a brief hiatus, Google Drive rumors made a comeback last month when the venerable Wall Street Journal reported that the long-fabled service was finally on the verge of release. Many weeks have passed and there’s still no sign of the Dropbox-like cloud storage service. What we have instead is yet another tantalizing rumor.
If Acer and Samsung thought that they were forever going to have the Chromebook market all to themselves, we’ve some seriously bad news for the two companies. A Japanese rival seems to be gearing up to invade what has essentially been their collective fiefdom till now. Hit the jump for more.
While PC geeks may be eagerly awaiting the launch of Ivy Bridge and Kepler GPUs, less hardcore tech fans have been throwing dollars at two particular niches: mobile and the cloud. Box, a cloud storage company competing for your nebulous attention, has just announced a killer new offer that brings those two elements together. The service released a spiffy update for its Android app today, and anyone who snags the app in the next 30 days gets a whopping 50GB of free cloud storage space, good for the rest of your life.
Google tried to change the way we think about computing when it launched its Chromebook platform. These devices are the result of a three-way between a laptop, netbook, and the almighty cloud, the end result of which is an 11.6-inch or 12.1-inch notebook with just enough lower end components to scrape by living in the cloud. The next generation of Chromebooks, however, will be better spec'd for improved performance, among other things.
With 25GB of absolutely no strings attached free storage, SkyDrive has always been an amazing value. Of course that’s not to say its best in class, far from it actually for one key reason; it’s painfully difficult to access. Logging into the SkyDrive site using Windows Live is easy enough, but having to add files one at a time is painfully in-efficient. If you modify a photo for example, you need to download it fully, make your changes, upload the new version, and then manually delete the old one. Office Web Apps integration and batch file adding have helped, but it is still no substitute for Dropbox. If the rumors are correct though, this could all be changing soon. Both paid storage, along with Windows and OS X clients are apparently just around the corner.