Google driveGoogle is the name of an American company founded in 1998 by Sergey brin Y Larry Page. Although its most popular product is a search engine, the company provides a large number of computer services.

One of the tools that Google offers to Internet users is Google drive. This service, launched in 2012, It allows store files in Internet, with a free mode and several plans that require payment. Google drive emerged as a replacement for Google Docs, a tool with similar characteristics.

Users of Google drive they can store photos, videos, drawings, text files, and many other types of documents. The free version of the service offers a capacity of up to fifteen gigabytes: those who want to store more files, should hire a more advanced plan. Alternatives range from $ 1.99 per month (100GB of space) to $ 299.99 per month (30TB of capacity).

Notably Google drive It is a service of cloud computing or Cloud Computing: users can access their files from any computer (computer), tablet or smartphone by entering their identification and password. This means that access to information is not limited to a specific device.

Google drive, on the other hand, it makes it easy to share files between many people. The account holder can invite other users to view, download and / or edit documents, without the need to send the files via email or otherwise.

Suppose the guitarist in a band of rock records a melody and stores the audio file in Google drive. You can then authorize your partners (bassist, drummer, and singer) to download that file so that they too can work on your composition.

Google driveBefore the first option storage in the cloud, many users took advantage of the function of attaching files while composing an email message in addition to the possibility of saving a “draft” or even sending a message to themselves to achieve similar results, although with different restrictions. For example: to have a backup copy in “the cloud” of a document, we could attach it to an e-mail message and leave it in draft or send it to the same address or to another one of our own.

One of the limitations it was the maximum allowed weight of each attachment, as well as the total, which used to be around a few megabytes. If we were not supposed to upload very heavy things, with this old trick we could even organize our messages in folders to facilitate their search. It was a precarious and limited system, but for a few years it served to give us the ability to access our files from any computer with an Internet connection. Google Drive, needless to say, changed everything.

Since Google has created its own ecosystem, something that Microsoft has also done with their respective programs and services, as long as we are within one of their applications we can communicate with the others “easily”. For example, if we receive an email message with a file attached to our Gmail box, we have several possibilities: check it online with one of the various viewers that are automatically offered to us (whether it is an image, a text document or a video, for example), download it to our device or even save it in our Google Drive.

Since the attachments are also on Google’s servers, transferring them to Drive is a process that we perceive as instantaneous, because the time it takes does not depend on the speed of our connection but of the power of its facilities.