25/04/2012 05:11 BST | Updated 24/06/2012 06:12 BST

Google Drive Delivers 5 GB Free Cloud Storage

The rumours said we'd get 100GB free cloud storage. Google Drive has instead launched its new cloud-based storage system with 5GB of free storage with a bonus 25GB of Gmail storage.

The search giant announced Drive overnight in the US. The cloud-based storage system will synch photos, videos, Google Docs, PDFs and mor between remote users.

Google Drive is not yet available to all users in the UK, but will be open to anyone with a Google account, including Mac fans, PC users and Android users.

Anyone familiar with Google Docs will find switching to Google Drive easy. Just as you can collaborate on a Google doc in real time, you will be able to do the same with Google Drive.

The new online storage system takes on Dropbox, the popular cloud storage system commonly used to transfer large files.

Google Drive will come with 5GB free storage, and you will be able to scale up your storage for a fee: £1.50 per month for 25GB, £3 per month for 100GB, £31 per month for 1TB, converted from US dollars using XE.

Google says UK users will be charged in US dollars and it will be up to the banks to convert the charge into sterling, though regional pricing is expected to roll out soon.

Nivio, a British company was part of the development process, delivering the tech that enables users to edit MS office documents with a single click on any connected device.

Get started on Google Drive here.

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