No one can deny that ‘Cloud‘ is the future of technology. From the well loved Dropbox to Apple’s iCloud to Microsoft’s SkyDrive and now Google’s newly launched Drive, everyone is getting on the cloud.

Google Drive, which was launched today, gives users the option of uploading and accessing all their files, such as videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs etc all on the cloud, which saves space on personal computers. Google docs is an integral feature of Google’s new Drive, a move that takes aim at competitors like Microsoft which owns the popular word-editing software, Office.

A Free account of Google Drive will give users 5GB of space and one has the option of upgrading to 25GB for $2.49 a month. 100 gb is available for $4.99 per month, and 1TB costs around $49.99 monthly. Google’s Drive is not yet live for all users and if you go to, you might receive a message, saying your drive is not yet ready. Users have the option of being notified via email when Google Drive becomes available for them.

Here’s what Tech Websites are saying about Google’s Drive.

Walt Mossberg in AllThingsD writes I’ve been testing Google Drive, which launches today, and I like it. It subsumes the editing and file-creation features of Google Docs, and replaces Google Docs (though any documents you have stored there carry over).

Google Drive. Screengrab

He also address privacy concerns since Google’s record in this area has been quite dicey, But the company insists that, while it does process and store your files, no human can see them and, at least today, the files aren’t used to target advertising at users. The company notes no file can be placed in Google Drive unless the user wants it there.

Privacy, syncing are all going to be big concerns for Google users, especially since Google’s new privacy policy links everything under giant umbrella for all Google products. With the Drive users will be storing a lot of private information online and concerns over ownership of data are perfectly valid.

Andrew Liszewski on Gizmodo gives tips to users on how use Google Drive without facing too many privacy issues. He writes that users should simply delete old documents they don’t need since Google Drive will provide a sync option between phone, desktop, laptop, etc and one might oneself flooded with old Google Docs.

It seems Google’s new Drive is also going to a key link to mobile devices, especially if you’re an Android user. According to Liszewski however, syncing Drive with mobile might be a bad idea. He writes, Keeping your files continuously synced across devices requires a fair bit of uploading and downloading all the time which can eat away at your monthly bandwidth limit.

So if you don’t want to run up bills worth millions all of a sudden, it would be a smart move not to sync all devices on your Google Drive.

TheNextWeb’s Brad McCarty looks at how Google’s new Drive could end up threatening Dropbox and SkyDrive even though the other two have a lot more apps, and are fairly popular with hardcore techies. He writes, But Google’s deep integration with Google Docs (or perhaps even a replacement, it could be said) is a huge factor. Add to that the ability to view proprietary file types such as those from Adobe within the browser and Drive starts heating up the competition.

Meanwhile the guys at Verge have sort of gone all crazy about Google Drive and it’s competitors and have dedicated a significant portion of their real estate to a detailed piece on all the other options you can explore for an online drive. For more click here.

For more on privacy and Google Drive you can refer to CNET’s Rafe Needleman’s article who has a pretty detailed piece on the issue. He notes that if one were to go by Google’s Privacy policy, it would appear that there are going to be no ads on Google Drive for now. It also cannot use uploaded content for commercial purposes without consent. However as Needleman points out But it can use content you upload in order to serve you. This can include integrating services together (like reading your scanned pictures in order to OCR them), and it can include analyzing your files to target advertisements to you.

Will Google Drive kill Dropbox? That will only be revealed with time.

Publish date: April 25, 2012 4:09 pm| Modified date: April 25, 2012 4:09 pm

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