Google Offers Cheap Online File Storage With a Catch
If you’re a power user of Google’s Gmail or Picasa Web Albums, Google wants to help you with your storage limit woes. As of today, you can buy extra online storage that can be used across email, images and soon, docs and spreadsheets.
Here’s what you can get:
- 6 GB ($20.00 per year)
- 25 GB ($75.00 per year)
- 100 GB ($250.00 per year)
- 250 GB ($500.00 per year)
So, what’s this catch I speak of? Well, you can only use the extra storage for content normally associated with Gmail and Picasa. While you could email yourself video and PowerPoint files, the service doesn’t give you direct access. This is a pain for most of us, but a smart move by Google. They want you to use their services more often, so it makes sense to limit the storage to Google supported files.
What do you think? Is Google being short-sighted by not allowing you to use the online storage anyway you want? I for one would sign up for at least 25GB, if it worked in a similar way to Omnidrive or Mozy.
UPDATE: Microsoft has upgraded their online file storage product. Windows Live Skydrive works more closely to the way I think Google’s storage should work. It’s free, but limited to just 500MB of storage.