Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Google Stores, Syncs, Edits in the Cloud - Walt Mossberg - Personal Technology - AllThingsD

I believe this Walt Mossberg review and the Google Drive interview in a previous post highlight some fundamental differences between Google Drive and services such as Dropbox and SugarSync: the former is about a consistent and unified storage service for a variety of Web-centric application/service contexts; the latter are about synchronizing traditional files.  Microsoft SkyDrive, in conjunction with Office and Office Web apps, is in the same domain as Google Drive.
"For years, some people who wanted to store files on remote servers in the cloud have been emailing the files to their Gmail accounts, or uploading them to Google’s lightly used Google Docs online productivity suite, even if they had no intention of editing them there.
Now, Google is formally jumping into the cloud-based file storage and syncing business, offering a service called Google Drive, which will compete with products like Dropbox and others by offering lower prices and different features. It works on multiple operating systems, browsers and mobile devices, including those of Google’s competitors Apple and Microsoft. There are apps for Windows, Mac and mobile devices that automatically sync files with Google Drive."
Google Stores, Syncs, Edits in the Cloud - Walt Mossberg - Personal Technology - AllThingsD
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