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2010/02/03 - Google Cloud Storage is Here With Thumbnails

posted Feb 3, 2010, 7:43 PM by Rick Anderson
It's finally here - the Google G-drive has been implemented into every Google Apps account as well as every public Google account.  As noted on my January 12th announcement, each user has a 1gb virtual drive in the cloud they can use to store their personal files.

Here's what we knew when first announced:

* the user will be able to select multiple files using the shift for inbetween selects and ctrl for specific selects.
* files converted into Google documents, spreadsheets, or presentations does NOT count towards your 1gb 
* additional storage beyond 1gb is $0.25 per gb per year for personal gmail accounts (minimum upgrade to 20gb) and $3.50 per gb per year for Google Apps accounts
* additional storage upgrade for personal accounts is shared between gmail, picasa, and documents

Now that its been released, we can answer a couple of questions which we posed at the time:

* file limitations - the help file said 100mb, the announcement said 250mb - the actual limitation is a file size of 1gb!!!
* searching - yes, it's possible to search by file name, but not by the contents within the file - only if the option to convert is selected will it index the contents within the file
* revisions - does not keep track of multiple revisions - instead it treats them as separate files with the same name - each file therefore counts against your total
* executable files - yes, it's possible to upload executable files
* amount of file storage in use and used percentage of 1gb limit is displayed at the time of uploading a file
* sharing - its possible to share an uploaded file just like a document
* pictures - yes, it's possible to upload pictures - AND VIEW...

Which brings up a new feature - the ability to view thumbnails of files.  In the upper right corner is a list view icon and a thumbnail view icon.  Selecting thumbnail view displays the files using their thumbnail for Google docs, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, PDFs, and pictures.  Other files simply display a file icon.