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Google Launches Drive

Google’s long-anticipated Cloud-storage service Google Drive has been officially launched. The first 5GB of storage is free, with upgrades to 25GB offered for $US2.50 per month. Google Drive is currently available for PCs, Macs and Android devices with support for the iPhone/iPad in the pipeline. Google also plan to integrate Drive with their Chrome Cloud-based operating system. Drive integrates with other Google services such as GMail, Google+ and Google Docs.

How Google Drive will fair alongside established Cloud-storage providers such as Dropbox and Box.net, Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud remains to be seen.

If you have a Google account then you may already have access to Drive. If so give it a go and let us know your impressions by leaving a comment below. You can also see a preview in Google’s promotional video below.

My Google Drive is available so I’ve been using it for a couple of days. I installed the Andriod app on my tablet and it gave me direct access to my Google Docs collections. Linux isn’t supported yet so I don’t have access to Google Drive from my PC, except via my Web browser.

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