Google Webdrive Launched, Kinda (Update: Desktop Integration)


Excellent news for fans of the cloud. Posted on the official Google Docs blog is this announcement:

We’re happy to announce that over the next few weeks we will be rolling out the ability to upload, store and organize any type of file in Google Docs. With this change, you’ll be able to upload and access your files from any computer — all you need is an Internet connection.

While removing the filetype filter from the uploader may be a small change, the possibilities it opens are endless. Even better is the fact that it uses the same kind of Gmail / Picasa storage plan which will set you back a mere $20 per year for 80 Gb of cloud space. Wohoo, right?

Yes, mostly for the future outlook. There are a few catches to this solution with regards to the immediate future:

  • Individual files are currently limited to a maximum filesize of 250Mb.
  • So far, there’s no desktop integration as there is with DropBox’ rather elegant solution.
  • You’ll have to upload files with the online uploader, manually.

Even so, the prospect is intriguing and I do believe we’ll eventually see if not an official desktop integration solution, then a sanctioned 3rd party one. Also, the predictions were correct, Google Docs will morph into Webdrive. Superb.

What’ll you use it for? Music? Work files? Clever things?

[Update]: Memeo Connect promises to work kinda like Dropbox.

4 thoughts on “Google Webdrive Launched, Kinda (Update: Desktop Integration)”

  1. Document and photo backup would be nice, especially if they make a Dropbox-like interface. Amazon’s S3 service is neat, but I never found a really great way of using it as a webdrive.

    1. Joen says:

      I’m already using Picasa as photo “backup” and it works decently. Great as in AH, nice to have my images stored in the cloud. Not so great as in only JPG is supported.

      Now what I want is music and work folder backup. Which obviously requires a dropbox like interface.

      At the same time, I want my files to be cloud only, not stored locally. Which presents a problem.

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