GDrive: It’s Alive! — Or So It Appears

There’s new buzz and speculation about the status of Google’s unconfirmed online file storage service, informally dubbed “GDrive.” Garrett Rogers points to a CNET interview with Gmail Product Manager Todd Jackson, who’s quoted saying:

“We know people’s file sizes are getting bigger. They want to share their files, keep them in the cloud, and not worry about which computer they’re on. Google wants to be solving these problems,” Jackson said.

This is hardly definitive evidence, but it’s suggestive of the validity of the long-running rumor. Meanwhile, over at Google Blogoscoped, there’s a screenshot of a menu featuring “Google Web Drive” and lots of domain related arguments for GDrive’s existence.

If you’re tired of waiting for Google to formally launch online storage, Microsoft offers Skydrive with 25GB of storage. AOL had Xdrive, but recently decided to discontinue the service. There are a range of other paid services, including Box.net and Elephantdrive, which will suffer if GDrive actually comes into being.

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  • Meredith

    This has been a rumor for years. Gdrive would be a late entry in this space. Not sure how good it would be, even though they would probably try to integrate it with the other G services like Picasa.

    Sites like FilesAnywhere.com has free storage and they exist already. FilesAnywhere for example gives their cloud storage and a slew of nice features for free, and no ads. Our marketing team uses it for sending big files directly from Outlook, offsite backup, photo albums, video streaming and online Office file editing. They also have direct upload links to Blogger.com, network drive mapping, workgroup sub-users, and special folders permissions.

    All in all, I’m sure Google would make it very popular, but I doubt their storage tools will have all of the features that these sites have added over the last 5-10 years. Serious web users will probably keep going to FA and these other sites because give you more features, not just raw email/photo storage.

    My 2 cents. ;)
    -Mer

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