Google has officially launched its long-awaited Drive cloud data-storage service.
The company said that the new service will offer consumers the ability to store and share all their files and access them anywhere.
Users will be able to stockpile and share documents made using the built-in Google Doc's suite then receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
Drive will be available on Windows, OS X and Android devices.
"Whether you’re drawing up floor plans with a client, creating a presentation with classmates or planning next year’s budget with colleagues, Drive makes it easy to work together," Google product manager Scott Johnston said in a blog post.
"You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond."
The Drive service launches with a new app that will allow users to use the cloud on any Android-powered tablets and smartphones. While Google is working on an iOS app, there has been no word on an official release date.
In addition to 5GB of free storage, the service also offers administrators on Google Apps for Business accounts the option to buy more storage offered at a mark up of 20GB for $4 a month.
Google's entrance into the cloud marketplace creates new competition for the likes of Dropbox, who recently announced a new service that will allow users to open entire folders instantly without having to sign in or download anything.
Dropbox's new service allows for users to share files simply by creating and sending a link to someone else whether they use Dropbox or not. The new offering lets Dropbox customers send anything to non-users in the form of email links instead of attachments.
"Today we're excited to add instant sharing to Dropbox," said director of products Jeff Bartelma.
"We have simplified the process of sending files to just a few seconds and eliminated the need for email attachments."
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