Google bumps up unified storage space to 30GB for Apps customers

Summary:Google conveniently triples the amount of free storage space just ahead of its annual developers conference this week.

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Google Drive just got a whole lot sweeter -- at least for consumers who don't want to pay for cloud storage space.

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The story is a bit different for consumer accounts versus Google Apps customers.

Starting with consumers, the Internet giant bumped up the free storage allotment from 5GB to 15GB.

That frees up more room for storing digital content (i.e. large attachments, documents, photos, etc.) across not only Drive but also Google+ and Gmail.

Clay Bavor, director of product management for the Google Drive team, explained in a blog post on Monday morning that this is more of a "unified" storage approach, rather than having 10GB for Gmail and another 5GB restricted for Drive.

For example, maybe you’re a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2 GB in Gmail. Now it doesn’t matter, because you can use your storage the way you want.

Bavor added that there will also no longer be a 25GB upgrade limit for Gmail. Consumer upgrade plans start at $4.99 per month for 100 GB.

For Google Apps customers, enterprise users will get 30 GB of unified storage to use as they like between Drive and Gmail.

Storage will also be shared for photos larger than 2048px uploaded to Google Plus. Files created in Docs, Sheets and Slides do not count against this storage quota.

Although Google did not provide an exact timeline, these changes are expected to roll out in the coming weeks.

The timing of the news is also convenient for Google as it offers up the potential for extra bragging points at its annual developers conference Google I/O, which kicks off at San Francisco's Moscone Center this Wednesday.

Screenshot via The Google Drive Blog

Topics: Cloud, Apps, Google, Google Apps, Storage

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