From Wired news comes an update on the near-mythological GDrive service:http://blog.wired.co...the-fabled-gdri.html
Not to be confused with GMail Drive
, GDrive will be the officially sanctioned humungous drive-in-the-sky that Google hopes will become your main shared repository of offline data. The rumored client software (code name Platypus
) adds a GDrive icon to your My Computer for simple access; data-save speeds are stated to be as fast as local storage.
Naturally, there will be an open API with encouragement for 3rd party add-ons and whatnot. Google's pricing strategy is murky, but one thing is certain: a basic GDrive account will be free and if you want more, you'll pay.
Privacy and security issues aside, will this be a good thing? For the vast majority of everyday users, the ones for whom internet storage is a mysterious concept, yes. Give them a brainless interface and a few gigabytes of magic storage and you'll be hard pressed to find people without
a GDrive icon.
Will file sharing be permitted? Do polar bears make yellow snow? Of COURSE it will be... which will poke the entertainment industry with an even sharper stick. It'll be interesting to see what kind of fury will be unleashed, with Google being the 6000 pound gorilla and all. Nobody wants to piss off Google: "Okay, Sony, here's the deal... we'll restore all your search engine links if you drop your lawsuit."
And what'll the fallout be for Microsoft and anyone else eyeing the offline storage market? Is this good old fashioned competition, or will GDrive be the gun brought to a knife fight?