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In today’s article from Mashable, learn about Google Drive’s new cloud file storage service, which allows you to back up and access your files from anywhere, at any computer.  You may already be using Dropbox or Box, both of which are competing services, each with a slightly different focus.  Dropbox work seemlessly and tends to be a good option for a single user, whereas Box is focused on business and makes file sharing, version control, file commenting and other advanced collaboration features easy.

Both Dropbox and Box are more expensive on a per GB basis.  As stated in the Mashable article, “Google is pricing Google Drive at a VERY aggressive level. For $30 a year ($2.50 a month), users get 25GB to use for Google Drive and Picasa, plus 25GB of Gmail storage.

his is more than what Amazon and Microsoft charge for an additional 20GB, but less than the price of Dropbox, Apple and Box.net.

For $60 a year ($5 a month), Google offers 100GB of Drive and Picasa storage (plus 25GB for Gmail), which clocks in below Amazon, Apple, Dropbox and Box.net. For penny pinchers, Microsoft’s offer of 100GB of additional storage — on top of the 7 or 25GB that users already get with the service — is just $50 a year.

Dropbox and Box are among the more expensive services. In the case of Box, the company’s real focus is on business users. In fact, the company has told us on multiple occasions that its focus isn’t so much on Dropbox, but on Microsoft SharePoint.

A 100GB Dropbox account costs more than three times what a Google Drive account costs. In this area, Google is clearly trying to undermine its competition on a per-GB pricing basis.”

Interested in understanding all the features of Google Drive, including Upload Limits, Collaboration and Sharing, Mobile Integration and Desktop Integration?  Read the full article from Mashable here.

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