25 Jun ‘Google Drive: main features and prices’
Google Drive used to be just storage. But then Google took its online Google Docs docs package and put them together. Now, just having a Google account, you get 15 GB of free storage and a great office suite. Good enough that many companies and all Chromebook users now use it as a full-fledged cloud office.
Still connected to Microsoft Office and not Google Docs? No problems. The Google Chrome extension allows you to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Need more memory? No problems. Prices for Google Drive storage start at $ 1.99 per month for 100 GB, or $ 2.99 per month, you get 200 GB per month. For 1 TB, you pay $ 9.99 per month, and 10 TB – $ 99.99 per month. You can go all the way up to 30 TB for $ 299.99 per month. With all these plans, you can share your vault with your family.
Also, if you buy a new Chromebook, you can get more storage space. With any Chromebook, you get 2 TB of free storage for two years. If you buy a high-quality PixelBook, you get free storage for three years.
After the expiration of the free transaction, you can still save the used storage. So, for example, if you use 500 GB of your free 1 TB, in a year and one day you will still have 500 GB of free storage.
If you want to build your business on Google Drive, you can do it too. Google Drive for Work includes unlimited storage for files, folders, and backups at $ 8 per user per month plus $ 0.04 per GB. With it, you can synchronize all your business files, including Microsoft Office files, on your computer, smartphone, and tablet, so that you can access your work at any time.
There are Google Drive apps for Android, iOS, Mac OS X, and Windows. It’s annoying that there is no Linux application, although Google Drive is built into Chrome OS, and Google has promised us a Linux application for many years. There is a third-party application, InSync.
Google recently updated and renamed its macOS and Windows application to Backup & Sync. This gives you the ability to synchronize or back up virtually any file or folder on your computer.
For users of G Suite, there is Google Drive Stream. This storage service transfers files to the computer from the cloud, rather than synchronizing them between the device and the cloud. This service makes Google Drive a tougher hard drive replacement than the addition to cloud storage.
– Mathew Marcelino