Google has announced that over the next few weeks they’re expanding the capabilities of Google Docs to give you the ability to upload all file types to the cloud. As Google Docs now supports files up to 250 MB, the great unwashed have been told have been told that it’s now possible to backup “large graphics files, RAW photos, ZIP archives and much more to the cloud”.
One of the offshoots of this move may be some damage to the USB drive market as many out there may see Google Docs as a more convenient, and cheaper, option for accessing your files on different computers. For any Google Apps Premier Edition customers (anyone?… anyone?… Bueller?) they have been told that they will now also be able to “seamlessly upload many files at once and sync them with their desktop in real time using third party applications”. Look for the bubble notification when you sign in to Google Docs over the next few weeks to confirm that these features have arrived.
There’s merits to choices such as Google’s DropBox (which offers 2GB of free online storage, 50GB for $9.99 per month, or 100GB for $19.99 per month); Microsoft Live Mesh which gives out 5GB for free storage; or Windows’ Live SkyDrive option. The latter, say PCWorld.com, “may lack the sophisticated sync-and-share features of its Live Mesh sibling, but it compensates for it by offering a whopping 25GB of free online storage”.