Google launches Drive for Education with unlimited storage and new featuresBy Justin Kahn
Google is continuing its attempted takeover of the classroom. Just this past Summer the company launched an online education tool for teachers called Classroom, allowing for online class management, among other things. Now, Google is launching an updated version of Google Drive for education.
"Today we're announcing Drive for Education, an infinitely large, ultra-secure and entirely free bookbag for the 21st century," said Ben Schrom from Google Apps for Education.
The new Google Drive offers free, unlimited storage (with a massive 5TB file size limit) for students and teachers as well as Google Vault access for archiving. There will also be an auditing system describes as the company's "solution for search and discovery for compliance needs" made available by the end of this year.
It appears the system works similar to the company's Drive for Work corporate solution, meaning only students and educators that attend or work at institutions that are registered with Google Apps for Education have access. However, unlike Drive or Work which starts at $10 a month, its educational counterpart is available for free with no ads to all non-profit education organizations.
It will be a few weeks before the 30 million students and teachers involved in the program will see the current 30GB cap lifted on the Drive education accounts. While 30GB is likely plenty for most students, Google seems to be attempting to lock youngsters in to its online platform earlier on.
The company says it will be rolling out the new features one at a time, so once everyone is set up with the free storage, the Vault access and other things will get added into the mix.