Google unveils Drive for Work with unlimited storage to counter OneDrive
At Google I/O on Wednesday, the company took the wraps off Google Drive for Work, a paid service targeted at business users and priced at $10 per user per month. The service offers unlimited storage, the ability to upload files of up to 5TB in size, and access to productivity apps such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts and Sites.
This comes in the wake of Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) announcement earlier this week of a significant increase in the free storage capacity offered to users of its OneDrive cloud storage service. The move will increase the 7GB of OneDrive free storage increased to 15GB, while users who are Office 365 subscribers will see their storage capacity bumped up to 1TB.
On its part, Google Drive for Work also offers a host of features geared squarely at enterprises, such as administration controls, advanced file audit reporting and eDiscovery services to help organizations monitor how documents are being shared internally.
Importantly, Google also announced that files uploaded to Google Drive can be encrypted, and will stay that way while in transit or when at rest on its servers. Moreover, Quickoffice support has been integrated into Docs, Sheets and Slides, and will allow for the editing of Office files in their native formats either online or offline.
To be clear, paying organizations with less than five subscribers will see their capacity capped at 1TB of storage instead of unlimited. Still, this latest development only affirms the "race to the bottom" where online storage is concerned. For example, cloud storage vendor SugarSync late last year switched to a paid-only model, citing that most companies offering free online storage "will not be viable".