After signing up earlier in the week for notifications, my Google Drive account went live today and the first impressions are good 🙂 Below is the home screen when you first login, initially the free allowance is an acceptable 5Gb by comparison Microsofts SkyDrive has just been reduced from 25Gb to 7Gb so it’s competitive.
Inside the home screen you can upload files and folders or create any Google Docs files, any existing Google Docs you have will appear in here already. You can view the docs in either list or thumbnail format, sort by the usual criteria create folders etc. The other option you have is to Download Google Drive for PC, on clicking you get the usual terms acceptance shown below before the program pdownloads and prompts for your Google ID before installing.
Once downloaded the very simple installation begins:
On the second step you can either accept default settings and start the sync or carry out and advanced setup, shown below.
Once installed Google Drive appears as another library and the files begin syncing immediately.
First impressions are very good, the integration is very smooth between web and desktop it has the “It just works” feel about it that Microsoft’s Mesh did when it was first released a few years back. If you have a google account already why wouldn’t you use it, usb sticks are great but can be lost and 5Gb is ample to hold those essential files you can’t do without.