There have been rumors and leaks for the past few weeks, but Google Drive has officially launched.  Google Drive, is Google’s new 5GB cloud-storage service that stores 30 different file types including PDFs, HD Video, and Illustrator & Photoshop images.  This product also integrates directly with Google Docs and allows you to access and collaborate on files (in real time) from anywhere.  The ability to work with others in real time (adding to and commenting on PDFs, images, video files, spreadsheets and documents) is going to be a huge advantage for the company. 

The product will also include a smart tagging feature, which allows users to tag items stored on their drive, so that the next time you do a search for a similar file or image, the tagged item will show up in your search.   

Finally, Google Drive will user image recognition, so when you drag and drop photos from a recent event or vacation and you want to do a search for that location later, those photos will show up, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) which will also allow Drive to recognize text in scanned documents, making your searches easier and less time consuming.

Google is giving all users 5GB of storage for free! But if you need more, there are several tiers to choose from: 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage also expands to 25GB.

Check out Mashable’s full walk through of the product at: http://mashable.com/2012/04/24/google-drive-hands-on/

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