Google unifies Gmail, Drive and Google+ photos storage, offers up 15GB

As the world moves closer and closer to the omnipresent data cloud, major corporations are having to adapt. Adobe recently abandoned their Creative Suite in favour of cloud-based offerings, while Microsoft are busy moving all their services, corporate and consumer, into the cloud. 

A company that has never had a problem with the cloud is Google, who have been running a variety of cloud-based apps since as early as 2004. Today they announced that online storage has been centralised, with users now receiving 15GB of shared storage. Google claims the old system "doesn't make as much sense anymore" and has decided to pool storage from Google Drive, Gmail and Google+ photos into one place. 

Google have also done away with storage tiers, with the lowest option now being 100GB of space at $4.99/month. For contrast, Dropbox charge twice that amount for the same amount of space, so the deal is still good.

A spokesperson told The Verge that those who've already signed up to an existing 25GB plan - which will no longer be available under the shared storage system - will be able to retain it until they choose to cancel it. Any additional storage you purchase also applies to Gmail, so if you've into sending large files, it may be worth checking out Google's offerings. 

Google also made changes to their Google Apps services, pooling 30GB of space over Drive and Gmail. The changes will roll out "over the next couple of weeks." 

Source: Google

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Good for them, surprised it took this long honestly. Now if they would offer a hybrid solution and increase security, they might actually give MS some competition.

My gmail/gdrive account has yet to reflect this change.

*Edit*
"These changes to Google Drive storage will roll out over the next couple of weeks."

I will stick with Outlook.com for unlimited email space (im over 40 GB right now) & SkyDrive's 7GB for online storage that I can always upgrade to one of the following;

Plan
20 GB $10.00/year 27 GB
50 GB $25.00/year 57 GB
100 GB $50.00/year 107 GB

winrez said,
I will stick with Outlook.com for unlimited email space (im over 40 GB right now) & SkyDrive's 7GB for online storage that I can always upgrade to one of the following;

Plan
20 GB $10.00/year 27 GB
50 GB $25.00/year 57 GB
100 GB $50.00/year 107 GB

Are you sure that your Outlook.com inbox is unlimited? My understanding, and what I am reading as well, is that there is a 5GB limit.
We have inbox limits with the Exchange 365, a business oriented service and not free, how is it possible that the free, personal oriented service is unlimited?

Outlook.com “includes email storage that expands to provide you with as much storage space as you need,” according to a Microsoft support document. “Your inbox capacity will automatically increase as you need more space.”

rruffman said,
Outlook.com “includes email storage that expands to provide you with as much storage space as you need,” according to a Microsoft support document. “Your inbox capacity will automatically increase as you need more space.”

http://answers.microsoft.com/e...0553-4ead-9b00-a660a4f5cae5

Scroll down to the 4th or 5th reply.

As I said Office 365, a paid service, has storage limits as well:
http://technet.microsoft.com/e...dn133593.aspx#StorageLimits

Edited by Fritzly, May 13 2013, 10:58pm :

Fritzly said,

Are you sure that your Outlook.com inbox is unlimited? My understanding, and what I am reading as well, is that there is a 5GB limit.
We have inbox limits with the Exchange 365, a business oriented service and not free, how is it possible that the free, personal oriented service is unlimited?

There is no limit on Outlook storage, it automatically expands as you collect more stuff.

wingliston said,
I love to be a long time user. I am over 45GB now in SkyDrive space for free.

What was that from?

I know the initial 25GB how did the extra 20GB get applied?