Google Ships a GDrive That's No Better Than Microsoft's New SkyDrive
NEWS ANALYSIS: Google's much anticipated GDrive is available after years of anticipation, but was it worth the wait, or did Microsoft and even a gaggle of others beat Google to the punch?Once youre allowed in, Googles new cloud storage service, usually called GDrive, is nice for people who need to find a place to store files so that they can access them on another device or share them with others. You get 5GB of storage for free, and you can buy more. Google Drive is closely linked with Google Docs to the point that they appear to be a single entity. If you already use Google Docs, then your work will magically appear in GDrive. In fact, when I loaded the Google Drive application on a Windows 7 machine, I found things that Id stashed in Google Docs for a long forgotten news story and never looked at again. Theres nothing like old press releases to bring back memories.
Microsoft, meanwhile, has been working on SkyDrive, which exited the beta program and went into general availability early in 2008. Like Google Drive, its a cloud-based service and it has applications for your computer. While SkyDrive has been around for years, Microsoft has just released a much improved version of this cloud service, and it offers some things that Google does not. Like GDrive, SkyDrive is also free, but you get 7GB if youre a new user, or if you had 25GB when you first signed up, you can keep that.