Google’s hosted storage, GDrive may finally be seeing the light of day soon. As WSJ reports that Google plans to launch a service for storing files. Of course, we all know about GDrive, an internal Google project, and Google's goal to store store 100% of user's data. "With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc)," mentioned Google in some leaked annotations from a presentation.
From the Wall Street Journal article:
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“Google is preparing a service that would let users store on its computers essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives — such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images, say people familiar with the matter.”
Although this kind of web service is already being provided by Microsoft with its Sky Drive, Google’s storage space will be offered as a free service instead.
Of course Google has the resources to offer this kind of service for free as compared to Microsoft. And this kind of service if indeed will push through could very well work for Google’s advantage. Gmail, Picasa, Google Docs and this hosted storage would certainly enhanced Google’s position in the web-based computing scene.
Google’s hosted package would certainly open up a new advertising avenue for Google. Although as the WSJ reports, it is still unclear whether Google plans to display ads into the storage service. Expect Google to serve online ads in the hosted storage’s portal once it becomes a reality soon.