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Google Docs file storage tiptoes toward 'GDrive'

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(Read caption) Google Docs, the free online word processor, spreadsheet, and collaboration tool, announced Tuesday that users will soon be able to upload files of any type to the service.

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What's weightless, odorless, colorless, tasteless, free, and harder to lose than a thumb drive?

The new Google Docs file storage scheme, that's what.

On Tuesday, Google announced via its Docs blog that it would begin allowing users to upload and store file types other than the standard PDF, Microsoft Office, and native Google Docs formats. In doing so, it effectively multiplies by 10 the size of file able to be stored on its servers – up to 250 MB apiece.

What's the big deal? Instead of having to rely on that begging-to-be-lost-or-broken thumb drive to transfer large files, anyone with a Google account can now just upload their data – be it images, audio, ZIP files, or whatever – to the cloud. If it's bigger than would fit in an email attachment, but not too big – don't try uploading feature-length movies – Google Docs can now handle it.

"But wait, Google can't be the first to have done this," you say. This is true. A handful of cloud-based storage solutions exist, and have for some time, and many will allow free online storage surpassing the 1 gigabyte cap Google sets. But none that we've seen have reliability (however tarnished of late) and big-name backing that Google brandishes.


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