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Is Google Drive ready for prime time?

Google's latest product receives good marks but some question why it took so long

By Network World Staff, Network World
May 01, 2012 11:39 AM ET

Network World - In summing up the experts' thoughts, Network World's Brad Reed put it rather succinctly about the emergence of Google Drive: “We like it, but couldn’t it have been released two years ago?”

One reporter said the belated arrival of Google Drive meant that it missed its window of opportunity to capitalize on the market. Others argue that Google Drive does not show enough to differentiate itself from competitors, especially Microsoft Skydrive and Dropbox.

To try and stave off Google, Dropbox boosted its free storage limit to 5GB. And Microsoft added the ability to store files online and sync across multiple devices right from your Windows or OS X desktop. That puts SkyDrive squarely in competition with Dropbox and Drive, five years after Microsoft first introduced its online storage solution in 2007.

“When the 800-pound gorilla jumps in the pool it usually makes a splash. It doesn’t mean it can swim well. There is room in the
market for multiple players, but Google’s entry puts pressure on the competition, especially smaller players,” said Gartner Research
Director Michael Gartenberg.

Download this pdf (free registration is required to become a Network World Insider) to find out more about how the three products stack up, what privacy concerns are coming to the forefront with Google Drive and what you should consider before moving to Google Drive.

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