Google now offering 15GB of free storage, shared across all services

By on May 13, 2013, 2:00 PM
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Google announced on Monday that storage capacity across Drive, Google+ and Gmail is climbing to 15GB. The changes, revealed just ahead of the company’s annual Google I/O developers conference, will begin to roll out over the coming weeks according to an official blog post on the subject.

The move now makes Google the leader in free storage capacity. Dropbox currently offers 2GB of free space, Microsoft SkyDrive gives users 7GB of free storage and Amazon Cloud Storage, Apple iCloud and SugarSync all offer 5GB of free storage.

In the blog post, Clay Bavor, product management director for Google Apps, said the combined storage space means users won’t have to worry about how much they are storing and where. If you were a heavy Drive user but still had plenty of storage in your Gmail account, that’s no longer an issue, because you can now use the storage any way you want, he noted.

To help users along, Google is making updates to the Google Drive storage page so people will better understand how they are using storage space. There will be a convenient pie chart that breaks down usage across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos, we’re told.

It’s certainly welcomed news for users of Google services as the idea of having to juggle storage and manage which accounts to allocate more storage to is now a thing of the past. Why exactly Google decided to give everyone 15GB of free space, however, is still up for debate.

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1 person liked this | IAMTHESTIG said:

All your data are belong to us.

Blkfx1 Blkfx1 said:

Yay, more free space. I frequently use Google Drive so this is good news!

howzz1854 said:

This is all great and awesome on google's part. but consider the majority of the country is still running on snail internet speed with upload speed averaging 1mbps, it's really hard to take advantage of cloud space. I know that where I live, I only get one two choices, that's ATT DSL and Clear Wireless, both only offer up to 1mbps up. before Clear became available, ATT was THE ONLY choice in my area. if only google would bring gigabit to LA.

1 person liked this | JC713 JC713 said:

As much as I would like to use cloud storage, I just never do. I store photos on Skydrive sometimes, but that is about it.

ReederOnTheRun ReederOnTheRun said:

Because Google rocks, that's why

highlander84 said:

I have 50+ GB with dropbox the only thing I use it for is photo syncing from my phone. I have Google Drive + and Gmail but never really considered using the space... I think once you commit to one provider you have to stay there, or spend hours transferring data across platforms..

Dustyn Dustyn said:

"The move now makes Google the leader in free storage capacity.".... Leader? As if! Watch as everyone else matches or exceeds this.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

If Gmail and Drive are combining, then I'm about to have a 1TB gmail with Google Fiber.

sapo joe said:

I started using Google Drive since M$ decided to drop support for Windows XP X64 in Skydrive (I have an older machine that runs on it).

So, it's all good news for me... \o/

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Good move by Google.

If you have privacy concerns, you can use a 3rd party encryption solution to put encrypted content into your Google Drive.

Guest said:

Bring back free business emails for companies with 15 or less employees! They used to offer it free for 500+ employees!

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