The rumour mill has been rife recently about Google Drive, a cloud storage solution built right into Google Apps. We’ve not been allowed to talk about it, but now the covers are off and Drive is Live.

Google Drive is a brand new file synchronization product that allows users to centrally store all of their files in Google Docs. Files can be accessed via a web browser, the Google Drive client, and the Google Drive mobile app.

The system is similar to current cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive and Apple’s iCloud. Unlike other services however, Google Drive is integrated into Google Apps. Google Drive replaces what was previously known as the Google Documents List with existing Google Docs automatically appearing in the new Google Drive.

All users will have 5GB worth of free storage space to upload and access all of their files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond. Additional storage can be purchased on a monthly basis.

Google Drive brings numerous changes in Google Docs:

What’s completely new

  • Sync files between all of your devices with Google Drive for your Mac/PC
  • Download the Drive mobile app for Android (coming soon for iPhone and iPad)
  • View and search Google Drive on the web in a visual way with grid view
  • Add a file to a folder by clicking the folder icon within a file or Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation
  • Work with more file types by installing Google Drive apps from the Chrome Web Store

What’s changed

  • Collections are now called folders
  • More things have been added to the Settings menu, including upload settings
  • The left navigation has new views: “My Drive”, “Shared with me”, and “Activity”
  • The Home view is gone. Instead, use My Drive to organize all of your files, folders and Google Docs.

Google Drive access will be rolling out to all domains over the next 4-8 weeks and can be accessed from drive.google.com – if you are a Google Apps for Business user you will need to wait for your administrator to switch Google Drive on for your domain. Google has also launched an Android App, with the promise of an iOS one to follow shortly.