Google Drive combats Microsoft's OneDrive with big price cuts, $9.99 a month for 1TB

Google is apparently ready to combat Microsoft's recent OneDrive announcements, along with other cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box and others. Today, the company revealed big price cuts on its Google Drive premium storage subscription services.

How big? While the amount of free storage Google Drive gives its users will remain at 15GB, the company announced today that due to "a number of recent infrastructure improvements" it will cut the price of 100GB of storage down to $1.99 a month, compared to its previous price of $4.99 a month. An even better deal happens at the 1TB level; Google Drive is now pricing that amount of storage at just $9.99 a month, compared to its earlier $49.99 a month.

Google continues to offer a way to purchase even more storage space if needed, all the way to 30TB for $299.99 a month. People who are already subscribers to Google Drive plans will see their prices drop automatically.

It will be interesting to see if this will get a response from Microsoft. While it renamed its SkyDrive service to OneDrive a few weeks ago, and gave 3GB of free extra storage for people who used the Camera Roll functions, it didn't alter its prices for more storage space.

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If you are worried about privacy than pay 8.50$ a month to Amazon for S3 hosting. You are in control of your data and you own everything you upload.

If you choose to use whatever cloud service, encrypt your classified documents and use it for non-important file backups. I keep all my family photos on Google Drive. I automatically backup facebook photos, instagram photos, etc to Google Drive (with IFTTT) because they don't matter. My important tax related documents or bills that I scan and keep a copy of I encrypt before I upload.

Also, if you are just archiving the data, put it on Glacier. You know, all those PC backups from a year ago or bills from a decade ago. $.01/month a gigabyte is good!

Contrary to what you state, once you place your data on someone else's system, you are not in total control of it anymore. Cloud services offer a lot of convenience, but anyone who thinks their data is private is dreaming. Encryption can and has been broken. And seemingly every week another company's servers are hacked.

Bottom line: If you have something you want kept private, keep it off any computer connected to the internet. Yours or anyone elses.

Edited by COKid, Mar 14 2014, 2:30pm :

Have used Dropbox for years sharing data on several laptops. Almost was to start paying for additional space when I got 15gb free extra space with my HTC One. Now I am good for another 2 years
I realize I probably should research about how to encrypt our data though.

Never really liked Googledrive, One(sky)drive I never tried out. I wonder if I can share data between 3 laptops linked to the same username as with Dropbox?

Nice for people using Googledrive though, the increased space and reduced cost.

Well... I am content with my own personal NAS with 6 TB storage and best of all after initial cost it is almost free to me now and I physically own my data rather than putting it on mercy of some corporate. For those who thinks cloud is good to them then good luck.

Awesome Google! I hope OneDrive at least matches the free storage up to 15GB, I always thought 7gb was just a stupid random number.

Have Google fixed their Drive app for Windows? Last time I used it, it was horrible. Mangled my data, made duplicates all over the place, kept saying "there was a problem", kept crashing. I got rid of it over a year ago.

Onedrive has had the occasional problem but by and large they've sorted themselves out. There is one odd problem I came across: I had some plaintext files I wanted to empty and save as empty files (strange I know but necessary). The app kept re-syncing the old copies of the files, drove me nuts! Eventually I took what I was doing out of the Skydrive/Onedrive folder.

Mr. Dee said,
Microsoft OneDrive team - <sigh> oh brother! looks like we totally underestimated their evilness and the extent they would go to Scroogle these poor clueless souls.

FTFY.

I got a year 100gb of OneDrive for 100 Bing rewards credits (30 searches a day for 7 days - essentially: free for little effort). I don't see why MS would need to lower their prices further to compete, but if they do, great.

"Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services."

Now about NO?

"3.3. What does Microsoft do with my content? When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services. For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats, or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use. When processing your content, Microsoft takes steps to help preserve your privacy."


Different wording, same rights over whatever you upload.

By using our Services you provide us with information, files, and folders that you submit to Dropbox (together, “your stuff”). You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don't claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services, as explained below.

We may need your permission to do things you ask us to do with your stuff, for example, hosting your files, or sharing them at your direction. This includes product features visible to you, for example, image thumbnails or document previews. It also includes design choices we make to technically administer our Services, for example, how we redundantly backup data to keep it safe. You give us the permissions we need to do those things solely to provide the Services. This permission also extends to trusted third parties we work with to provide the Services, for example Amazon, which provides our storage space (again, only to provide the Services).

In your face, MS and Google!

"...it didn't alter its prices for more storage space"
Umm... when OneDrive launched they introduced new subscription methods and a new 200GB tier.

I had some pictures deleted from google, I will never trust them again. For sure i'll use google stuff, but I'll trust them again.

I actually had some legit documents and files on their before, and then I noticed some deleted, and I was noticing ads based on keywords that are only in my password protected files too. Talk about creepy. Never using Scroogle again. OneDrive and Dropbox FTW.

I've gotten saved games delted and corrupted from MS cloud storage. So I suppose I should stop using all the MS services I am using now......

If data is deleted from the cloud and if you dont have local backup copies, then sorry...that is your fault for loss of data.

Microsoft has no choice but to match These prices. Until the use of cloud storage has become the norm, and its integration in other products becomes important, such a service has to stand out on its own merits. But the real competition is about the free storage. These customers won't care for a GB more or less. If they get used to a certain service now then they may never switch.

Not really. While they should definitely at least get closer in price, they don't 'have to'... Google now may be the cheaper option... but you get what you pay for...

j2006 said,
Not really. While they should definitely at least get closer in price, they don't 'have to'... Google now may be the cheaper option... but you get what you pay for...

That's my point. Right now the service is primarily storage itself. Microsoft tries hard to integrate it into other applications but as long as people don't actively store content online it won't have a big impact. So when people who are willing to pay for additional storage compare services they will mostly do that based on price.

But if you disagree then please explain instead of saying 'not really' and a vague ''you get what you pay for'.

j2006 said,
Not really. While they should definitely at least get closer in price, they don't 'have to'... Google now may be the cheaper option... but you get what you pay for...

And if people choose Google because it provides the service they like and it works form them, then I am sure those people be happy with "paying for what they get" If they dont like Google, they will choose another service.

It's only good if you don't care about Google sniffing through all your data in the purpose of plastering you with related Ads. Plus if you have 1TB of data, should you put it all in the hands of Google, so that one day they decide that it doesn't pay enough and close down their service.

At least Microsoft only scans OneDrive for porn, Google on the other hand reads it all and indexes everything you put on there and then hands it out on a silver platter to paying advertisers.

And, because OneDrive is baked right into new versions of Windows, you know they won't close it down anytime soon.

NocturnalAlloy said,

At least Microsoft only scans OneDrive for porn, Google on the other hand reads it all and indexes everything you put on there and then hands it out on a silver platter to paying advertisers.

Google searched for keywords, not the complete contents. Similar for virus/malware/spam email scans they and others are doing.

But believe what you want.

And, because OneDrive is baked right into new versions of Windows, you know they won't close it down anytime soon.

I highly doubt Google Drive will be closed down soon...if at all.

NocturnalAlloy said,
It's only good if you don't care about Google sniffing through all your data in the purpose of plastering you with related Ads. Plus if you have 1TB of data, should you put it all in the hands of Google, so that one day they decide that it doesn't pay enough and close down their service.

At least Microsoft only scans OneDrive for porn, Google on the other hand reads it all and indexes everything you put on there and then hands it out on a silver platter to paying advertisers.

And, because OneDrive is baked right into new versions of Windows, you know they won't close it down anytime soon.

I know this is gonna be classic but can you provide a source?

Kalint said,

I know this is gonna be classic but can you provide a source?

This actually happened to me to, even with password-protected files. Saw ads based on them. So he's right.

NocturnalAlloy said,

At least Microsoft only scans OneDrive for porn, Google on the other hand reads it all and indexes everything you put on there and then hands it out on a silver platter to paying advertisers.

Let me get this straight. You're saying Google is giving advertisers indirect access to the contents of people's files? Or are you just exaggerating because you can't prove a point with facts?

And while some people think "it's true I totally saw it once" is an intelligent way to argue a point, do try to rise above the human waste of society and actually provide, you know, objective third-party evidence.

j2006 said,

This actually happened to me to, even with password-protected files. Saw ads based on them. So he's right.

And how can you prove that is acutally what was done or if you just got normal ads?

NocturnalAlloy said,
At least Microsoft only scans OneDrive for porn, Google on the other hand reads it all and indexes everything you put on there and then hands it out on a silver platter to paying advertisers.
I had some pictures of my kids as babies in a bathtub a while ago. I had shared that over then Skydrive to my parents. I was warned and forced to take them off Skydrive. Upon asking the CSR why such obviously non-pornographic pics were being flagged she said something to the effect of: If you had just uploaded these and never shared them we wouldn't have ever scanned them... shared items, however, are scanned for nudity by our software. The entire process is automated.

So, as far as I know, as long as you don't share your porn, you're golden.

techbeck said,

And how can you prove that is acutally what was done or if you just got normal ads?

Not saying he's correct. But Google's advertising is very obvious (and imo, not what I would consider effective). If you visit a site about bicycles you're going to get peppered with bicycle adds. Rarely are you getting served up something that's not in your profile.

Another logical assumption about him seeing that add was he had visited a related site about the content at some point in the past. It stands to reason if you have something in a password protected file you may have visited a site covering that same topic too.

I just doubt that they would take the time to crack the password on the file to just serve ads. Besides, if your data was that important to you and sensitive...then why just password protect it and not encrypt it.

Wow, I never imagined I would have so many people on the Google payroll (so to speak) try and argue the reality of what Google is all about. Get real people, Google reads your emails when you use Gmail, Google even scans Facebook and creates empty Google+ profiles, Google looks at everything you do, any data that passes through their apps or devices and computes all of it to sell advertising. The more accurate they get, the more money they can make. And, they scan all of your documents you put on Google Drive, encrypted or not.

Ah yes, and top that with a contract with the US government to supply read access to all your data. FIPS-140 compliant encryption only mean that the US government has certified the encryption algorithms, meaning they have the means to decrypt it.

If you don't buy what I say, then ask Edward Snowden.

NocturnalAlloy said,
Wow, I never imagined I would have so many people on the Google payroll (so to speak)

Oh, ok. So if someone disagrees with something you say, they must be working for Google. Got it.

techbeck said,

Google searched for keywords, not the complete contents. Similar for virus/malware/spam email scans they and others are doing.

But believe what you want.

I highly doubt Google Drive will be closed down soon...if at all.

They have full QUERY access to ALL stored user content.

They freely admit this, and why you seem to think they are only scanning keywords is just beyond crazy.

Incoming and Outgoing email is 'scanned' for 'keywords', but while the email is still stored on the GMail server, Google and their employees can query and open and read the full contents of all email. The 'retain' only the keywords forever, but if the email is still on Gmail, they can read it at any time.

Do a bit of research. Go see what Google says when they have been forced to defend employees for using information and how they explain that all data is 'human readable' and accessible to any 'Engineer' grade Google employee.

Stop this 'keyword' nonsense.. Google isn't worth several billions of dollars just for storing a few keywords and delivering really good ads.

NocturnalAlloy said,
Wow, I never imagined I would have so many people on the Google payroll (so to speak) try and argue the reality of what Google is all about. Get real people, Google reads your emails when you use Gmail, Google even scans Facebook and creates empty Google+ profiles, Google looks at everything you do, any data that passes through their apps or devices and computes all of it to sell advertising. The more accurate they get, the more money they can make. And, they scan all of your documents you put on Google Drive, encrypted or not.

Ah yes, and top that with a contract with the US government to supply read access to all your data. FIPS-140 compliant encryption only mean that the US government has certified the encryption algorithms, meaning they have the means to decrypt it.

If you don't buy what I say, then ask Edward Snowden.

Oh you're one of those people... Ok so you're source is the boogieman wearing plush leather holding an umbrella indoors.

j2006 said,

This actually happened to me to, even with password-protected files. Saw ads based on them. So he's right.

*cough* bull-crap *cough*

NocturnalAlloy said,
Get real people

Ah! Such an effective thing to say when someone questions the foundation of your accusations! "Get real people", he said! That changes everything! I was a doubter before, but then he told me to get real, and I saw the light!

In case you haven't figured it out, your obvious lack of respect for the whole concept of objective reasoning and skepticism is both (a) why your post is so utterly lacking in any power to convince anyone of anything and (b) why you wrote all that text with just more accusatory scenarios rather than any kind of evidence whatsoever.

Seriously dude, if you can't actually DEFEND your beliefs, why the heck do you believe them? What convinced YOU? Can you even answer that? Do you even know how?

There's plenty of evidence, either (a) you're living under a rock, (b) you're a hard-core Google fan boy who just got offended, or (c) you're getting paid as a reputation management response blogger directly or indirectly by Google, but only you know the answer to that, or are you the only one that knows the answer to that? From a guy who embroidered an Android patch on his satchel, go figure.

NocturnalAlloy said,
There's plenty of evidence, either (a) you're living under a rock, (b) you're a hard-core Google fan boy who just got offended, or (c) you're getting paid as a reputation management response blogger directly or indirectly by Google, but only you know the answer to that, or are you the only one that knows the answer to that? From a guy who embroidered an Android patch on his satchel, go figure.


"Plenty", but you can't link a single thing.

techbeck said,
Really? If MS drops their price...what would their reason be?
Joking aside, in both cases it's probably just a matter of how cheap the drives and infrastructure are. We all benefit from them setting up these huge datacenters and then carving out a little piece of heaven for the rest of us.

But seriously, Google's Checks and Balances are much more loose than Microsoft's as I've seen them reported. I think we all know Google is data mining user data. MS has said repeatedly they aren't and if they have documented how hard it is for their employees do get to user data.

MrHumpty said,

But seriously, Google's Checks and Balances are much more loose than Microsoft's as I've seen them reported. I think we all know Google is data mining user data. MS has said repeatedly they aren't and if they have documented how hard it is for their employees do get to user data.

Google searches data for keywords for ads, yes. They even stated what was going on before hand and didnt try to hide anything. And if anyone uses their services an dont read what is going on, then the only person they should be upset about is themselves. The data is readily available and I would think that anyone who was afraid of posting their data online would read fully what is happening before using any service. Whether it be Google, Microsoft, or HealthCare.Gov.

techbeck said,
Google searches data for keywords for ads, yes. They even stated what was going on before hand and didnt try to hide anything. And if anyone uses their services an dont read what is going on, then the only person they should be upset about is themselves. The data is readily available and I would think that anyone who was afraid of posting their data online would read fully what is happening before using any service. Whether it be Google, Microsoft, or HealthCare.Gov.

Sure, buyer beware is always available. Google does not broadcast their "free services" are based upon data gathering nearly enough.

MrHumpty said,
Sure, buyer beware is always available. Google does not broadcast their "free services" are based upon data gathering nearly enough.

I believe it is something you have to agree when you sign up for their services. And with MS anti Google campaign skewing the facts and scaring people, the info is out there and doesnt seem to be slowing down Google.

techbeck said,

I believe it is something you have to agree when you sign up for their services. And with MS anti Google campaign skewing the facts and scaring people, the info is out there and doesnt seem to be slowing down Google.

Maybe I'm having a bad day, but your posts keep getting a bit more crazy.

Google stores their data in human readable format, Microsoft does not.

Google employees can literally query all your personal data and read it from any of your online Google services. Yes this even includes the keywords from your emails, and your full emails if they choose to open your account. (They don't tell you this directly, but in lawsuits have admitted that your email is readable to them beyond just 'data mining'.)

Microsoft employees can read nothing and can query nothing. Everything is encrypted from Microsoft themselves with a machine only readable temporal queue. So a Microsoft employee can't be stalking the guy that angered him in line at Starbucks earlier in the day, a Google employee can and has done this.

The bigger Google employee abuses are often hidden with a slap on the wrist; however, there have been a few people and families that have forced what Google employees were doing out into the 'media'. For example, like when a Google employee was using transcripts of a teenagers GVoice to his girlfriend to blackmail sex from him. (Yes, he was a pedophile, and Google wasn't even going to fire him until the family took it to the press.)

As long as Google is allowed to 'use' your information, they will eventually just start giving about unlimited GDrive storage. The more information you put on GDrive, the better their query results are for finding trends and other inside information to manipulate markets.

It also doesn't hurt to have access to people's photos if a little blackmail might help them.

With Microsoft and OneDrive there is 0% chance they can read your store and 0% chance they will ever use it. That makes it quite a big difference between the companies.

MrHumpty said,
Honestly that pricing is possible due to them mining your data. Amirite?

As far as I know, they have algorithms to mine Gmail to show their ads, but not Google Drive accounts. But they don't need to. You're almost right. They can do this with losses simply to get people onto the Google platform (and once you have 250 GB on it, you're unlikely to leave!). Getting users on their platform will allow them to profit from them in other ways. For example, search patterns will be much more accurately tied to actual users (since you'll be logged in and not just an IP address), which advertisers like, especially if the data can be correlated with YouTube watch patterns or a social profile on Google+

This is a luxury Dropbox doesn't have. I don't think they'll ever be able to compete on price. Microsoft might however (and indeed they're less expensive than Dropbox already), so we'll see what happens next.

Edited by Northgrove, Mar 14 2014, 9:32am :

Northgrove said,

As far as I know, they have algorithms to mine Gmail to show their ads, but not Google Drive accounts. But they don't need to. You're almost right. They can do this with losses simply to get people onto the Google platform (and once you have 250 GB on it, you're unlikely to leave!). Getting users on their platform will allow them to profit from them in other ways. For example, search patterns will be much more accurately tied to actual users (since you'll be logged in and not just an IP address), which advertisers like, especially if the data can be correlated with YouTube watch patterns or a social profile on Google+

This is a luxury Dropbox doesn't have. I don't think they'll ever be able to compete on price. Microsoft might however (and indeed they're less expensive than Dropbox already), so we'll see what happens next.

The distinction is retained data.

Google 'data mines' GMail and 'retains' the keyword data even after the emails are no longer present on their servers. So non-stored outgoing email or deleted email has still exists in the form of data mined keywords linked to the user.

As far as I know you are correct that Google doesn't 'data mine' GDrive or GDocs or GVoice or any of their other services. So once a document has been removed from GDrive, there is no 'retained' data.

However, this is where it gets sticky, while the email or document is sitting on a Google server, engineer level employees have full access to the content of the email or document or GVoice chat or photo, etc.

By keeping their stored data 'human readable' and accessible, the information is ALWAYS available to Google and its employees while it is physically stored on any of their servers and services.

So they don't data mine GDrive, but they can read everything in your GDrive anytime they want.

This allows Google to do very wide queries for information spotting/trending. It is also giving them access to a very large base of information that they can and DO use.

So using GDrive gives them access to more information for a longer term than even using GMail if you delete your emails often.


Mobius Enigma said,
snip

Maybe you are having a bad day considering you went off in a different direction on a comment I made about Google notifying its users of what the changes were and that you have to agree with them.

And who cares if Google maintains a list of keywords. They can know that I searched for Windows 8 drivers one day and porn the next. As long as my personal info is secured...whatever.

techbeck said,
Maybe you are having a bad day considering you went off in a different direction on a comment I made about Google notifying its users of what the changes were and that you have to agree with them.

And who cares if Google maintains a list of keywords. They can know that I searched for Windows 8 drivers one day and porn the next. As long as my personal info is secured...whatever.

I believe there was a Southpark episode mocking the absurdity of EULA/TOS agreements to normal users (lol apple human centipede). You should watch it so you realize how you may be legally correct, but morally you're off your rocker.

Granted, there are things in the TOS that say in very vague terms what they may or may not to with your data. However, if they displayed "By checking this box you allow us to mine all of your data and give our employees nearly unfettered access to your data." I'm pretty sure minds would be changed.

techbeck said,
And who cares if Google maintains a list of keywords. They can know that I searched for Windows 8 drivers one day and porn the next. As long as my personal info is secured...whatever.
The ole, you should only care if you're guilty, illogical defense to snooping. /sigh

So 1 TB for the price of 200 GB on SkyDrive when I did a quick comparison on the monthly fees and included taxes, or around 100 GB for half the price of 50 GB on SkyDrive. Dropbox is, as usual, most expensive: With this move from Google, you get 1 TB for the price of 100 GB on Dropbox.

Curious how this plays out for DropBox.. probably going to get squeezed pretty bad in a pricing war between two giants.. my personal favorite but this is going to hurt them in the long run I would think.. just don't have the ginormous checkbook that MS and Google has.

It might, it might not. Most people don't use a lot of cloud storage. I have something like 47gb from Microsoft, but I only use 3gb - and that's just about everything I own except music, movies, and pictures. Most people have even less.

//Curious how this plays out for DropBox//

Me too, have tried using OneDrive and GDrive, both are somewhat good but not as good as DropBox. I hate how GDrive limits the way we can copy / paste / move folders (& files) online.

Microsoft Will meet Googles Pricing Soon. For Windows users, OnDrive is the Best. I give Dropbox 2-3 years, then they could be gone.

Edited by Daniel F., Mar 13 2014, 10:42pm :

techbeck said,
Pricing, to some, means little. I would pay more for a little less storage if the service is better/more reliable.

Exactly. You get what you pay for. I would never trust my data on Google's discount data mining servers,

j2006 said,

Exactly. You get what you pay for. I would never trust my data on Google's discount data mining servers,

What objective risks do you see from Google's policies?

It's super totes popular to copy/paste the "Google spyware" POV, but I've never actually read anyone say what outcomes they're concerned about. Just feels like a bunch of principles and soapboxes.

Maybe scanning my personal word documents so they can target ads at me?

I'm not sure if they currently do that, but it's certainly something they would do

j2006 said,

Exactly. You get what you pay for. I would never trust my data on Google's discount data mining servers,

Only person I trust with my data is me and a few family members. I dont post anything private on Google, MS or any other's servers. I dont care if it is encrypted or not. Encryption can be broken.

Joshie said,

Just feels like a bunch of principles and soapboxes.

I find that most people who jumo in the anti "insert company here" bandwagon are those who get spoon fed info from the media or from what the competition is saying. Thats the new way to compete. Its no longer standing by what you produce with confidence...its what can I do to discredit the competition to sell what I make.

Compete or die, DropBox. I hear good things about DropBox, except for the fact that their pricing is a joke. So they need to adapt to the times or people will leave them in droves.

Max Norris said,
Curious how this plays out for DropBox.. probably going to get squeezed pretty bad in a pricing war between two giants.. my personal favorite but this is going to hurt them in the long run I would think.. just don't have the ginormous checkbook that MS and Google has.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Samsung buy them.

Blueclub said,
I think you're right. It will be a shame to see Dropbox go, for me, they are the best cloud storage out there.

Really? After killed Audiogalaxy i wish the same to them. I hate cloud storage in general but boy i hate this arrogant company dropox even more.