Introducing Google Drive... yes, really. Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive.
It turns out, one of the two actually does exist. Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond. With Google Drive, you can:Create and collaborate. Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience. This is just the beginning for Google Drive; there’s a lot more to come. Get started with Drive today at drive.google.com/start—and keep looking for Nessie... Sundar Pichai: Google Drive Is About Context, Competitors About Files - Liz Gannes. Sundar Pichai In advance of the release of Google Drive, I sat down yesterday with Google SVP of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai and Google Drive product head Scott Johnston.
I asked them to elaborate on how Google Drive emerged from within Google, how the product compares to the competition, and where they see it evolving. What’s ironic is that Pichai was the guy who helped kill a previous product called Google Drive, or GDrive, as detailed in Steven Levy’s “In the Plex”: Google was about to launch a project it had been developing for more than a year, a free cloud-based storage service called GDrive. But Sundar had concluded that it was an artifact of the style of computing that Google was about to usher out the door.
Pichai is still not a fan of files — in fact, his criticism of Dropbox and others is that they’re all about file management – but he’s come around on “having data available in context.” Who can see what’s in my Google Drive folder? Pichai: It’s a good question. So — yes? How far do Google Drive's terms go in 'owning' your files?
Within hours of Google launching its new online storage service, the terms and service have come under heavy fire by the wider community for how it handles users' copyright and intellectual property rights.
After Dropbox and Microsoft's SkyDrive --- the two most popular online storage services on the web --- Google was late to the party by a number of years. While Google needed no advertising to drum up support, what may hold back uptake is that as per the company's terms and conditions, the rights to the files you upload to Google Drive will be passed on to the search giant. A quick analysis of Google's terms of service shows how far the search company goes in 'owning' your files, and how it can do anything it wants with them.
But there is a small catch. Here's what the terms say: Dropbox --- terms can be found here: "Your Stuff & Your Privacy: By using our Services you provide us with information, files, and folders that you submit to Dropbox (together, “your stuff”). "5. Related: