Google Drive Cloud Storage: 10 Things You Should Know About It - Page 2

5. Windows, Mac and Android out of the box

The nice thing about being Google is that it doesn't necessarily have to only play nice with one platform the way Apple and Microsoft do. So, the company said on April 24 that it will enable Drive to support Windows, Mac and Android devices out of the box.

6. iOS support is coming soon

Did you notice anything missing from that previous mention of Google Drive support? According to Google, iOS support will not be available to Drive users out of the box. However, the company has said that it will be "coming soon." Whatever that means is up for debate.

7. File support should come in handy

There's nothing worse than receiving an attachment to an email, only to find that it comes with a file extension that your computer doesn't support. To address that problem in Google Drive, the search company says that it has built in native file support for more than 30 different application file formats, so users will still be able to open, say, Photoshop or Illustrator files even if they don't have the application running on their computers.

8. Go back to the past

As anyone who has spent time backing up data knows, being able to go back in time to a previous upload is vastly important. According to Google, Drive will allow users to go back as far as 30 days to see what updates were made. The company also says that users can save a specific revision forever, if it's really important.

9. There is a cost involved

All this talk of free storage and features forgets one important piece that customers won't want to miss:Google Drive is a paid service for power users. Those who want 25GB of storage, for example, will need to pay $2.49 per month. A total of 100GB of storage will set customers back $4.99 per month. According to Google, it'll charge $49.99 per month for 1TB of storage.

10. Search plays a key role

Given Google's history, it would only make sense that search is built into Drive. The company says that users will be able to search based on keywords, file types, owners and other attributes. Even better, users will be able to search with image-recognition technology and by objects contained in scanned documents. The platform's search sounds quite powerful.

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Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...