Google Drive integration in GMail to allow huge file sharing

Google Drive launched back in April, and has proven to be immensely popular with million of users already using the free 5 GB of storage offered by the service. Now Google has made it possible to link Google Drive content with GMail.

The feature started rolling out only 16 hours ago, and will allow GMail users to attach files of up to 10GB, which is roughly 400 times larger than standard email attachments. Of course you'll need to beef up your storage in order to do that, as with a free account it's limited to 5GB (up to 16TB can be purchased though). The shared files that are stored in the cloud also ensures that the most up-to-date version is available to the recipient.

The permissions for shared files are also checked - a popup alert will prompt you to check the permissions without leaving the mail, even if you paste Drive links into the email. This ensures that the recipient has access to the shared files; it's what Google calls a smart assistant.

The feature is only available with the new compose experience, so you'll have to opt in for that if you want this service to eventually become active on your account over the next few days.

Suddenly video footage from your recent trip became a lot easier to share!

Source: GMail Blog | Images via Google

But wait!

On a slightly related note, Google Labs has also added a preview pane option to GMail. You can enable it by going to Settings > Labs > Preview Pane this will add a toggle to the inbox that allows Horizontal, Vertical or No Split mode. If you're feeling adventurous you can add this experimental lab to your GMail experience; there are also a bunch of other handy labs to choose from as well.

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Hotmail and Outlook.com already had this for the longest time with SkyDrive. The only diff is the larger file size limit, which I'm sure MS will increase with this news.

j2006 said,
Hotmail and Outlook.com already had this for the longest time with SkyDrive. The only diff is the larger file size limit, which I'm sure MS will increase with this news.

I hope so

outlook.com also has this functionality with skydrive, unfortunately this is not yet integrated wit Office Outlook or the Mail client in Windows 8. You need to do this from a browser.

Bart Meijer said,
outlook.com also has this functionality with skydrive, unfortunately this is not yet integrated wit Office Outlook or the Mail client in Windows 8. You need to do this from a browser.

You might want to recheck your information. You can use this feature in the Windows 8 Mail client, in fact the Windows 7 Live Mail Client had this functionality 3 years ago. There also have been Outlook options to do this for several years.

This needs integration with Outlook (Google Apps sync for Outlook)... Sending large attachments kills the network but users don't want to change from their familiar Outlook.

Simon- said,
This needs integration with Outlook (Google Apps sync for Outlook)... Sending large attachments kills the network but users don't want to change from their familiar Outlook.

It would make my year if they made this possible

If only Google drive was as good as Dropbox I'd used it.
Lack of Delta upload, LAN Sync and other performance issues make it avoidable if you've 100GB+ as I do, shame since Gmail is awesome. (I use Google Apps, so have 25GB Gmail account)

Exosphere said,
If only Google drive was as good as Dropbox I'd used it.
Lack of Delta upload, LAN Sync and other performance issues make it avoidable if you've 100GB+ as I do, shame since Gmail is awesome. (I use Google Apps, so have 25GB Gmail account)

Yeah I would like hotlink like Dropbox has then I would be all over this