One of the potentially great features of Gmail and GoogleDocs has always been the desire to use one or the other as a cloud storage device, an extra hard drive available to you no matter where you are. While there are obviously concerns about putting your data “in the cloud,” the convenience of accessing your files–no matter what their 3 letter filename extension–from anywhere with a robust Internet connection is a tempting offer.

As an active user of Google Docs, Picasa (I put money down for more space), an advocate for GoogleApps in Education, I’m excited about the this new development. I’ve summarized some of the relevant parts of the Google Blog entry on the subject, as well as some of the comments made by users that I found relevant.

    • With this change, you’ll be able to upload and access your files from any computer — all you need is an Internet connection.

    • Instead of emailing files to yourself, which is particularly difficult with large files, you can upload to Google Docs any file up to 250 MB. You’ll have 1 GB of free storage for files you don’t convert into one of the Google Docs formats (i.e. Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), and if you need more space, you can buy additional storage for $0.25 per GB per year.

    • Combined with shared folders, you can store, organize, and collaborate on files more easily using Google Docs. For example, if you are in a club or PTA working on large graphic files for posters or a newsletter, you can upload them to a shared folder for collaborators to view, download, and print.

    • You can also search for document files you’ve uploaded or that have been shared with you just like you do with your Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and PDFs. And you’ll be able to view many common document file types with the Google Docs viewer.

    • storage is shared between Picasa Web Albums, Gmail and Google Docs. The storage page will be updated later today to reflect the addition of Google Docs.

    • 250Mb per file. Your total upload limit is how much space you own with Google (Gmail+picasa)

    • Memeo Connect for Google Apps is a new desktop application that offers an easy way to access, migrate, and synchronize files to Google Docs across multiple computers. (PC and Mac)

    • Syncplicity offers businesses automated back-up and file management with Google Docs. (PC)

    • Manymoon is an online project management platform that makes it simple to organize and share tasks and documents with coworkers and partners, including uploading files to Google Docs.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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