Google introduces 250MB file uploads
Users can store and access files using Google Docs as alternative to carrying around USB drives
Google can expect a surge in users signing up for their Docs service after they announced a roll-out of the ability to upload and access files up to 250MB in size.
Google is not imposing any restrictions on the type of files uploaded which means that users can backup graphics files, ZIP archives and more online. "More importantly, instead of carrying a USB drive, you can now use Google Docs as a more convenient option for accessing your files on different computers," wrote Vijay Bangaru, product manager of Google Docs.
Users get 1GB of free storage for files that aren't in one of the Google Docs formats (documents, spreadsheets and presentations) though additional storage will cost 25 cents per GB per year.
The feature will be enabled "over the next couple of weeks" and users will get a bubble notification once they sign into Google Docs.
Google is also introducing added features to Google Apps Premier Edition customers, in relation to the Docss, including the ability to upload many files at once and sync them with their desktop in real time using third party applications.
As exciting as the news is, Google Docs is not the best (or only) option for free cloud storage - Dropbox offers 2GB of free online storage with the ability to sync all file types and sizes, while Microsoft's Windows Live SkyDrive trumps with a full 25GB of storage space on offer for free.