The latest integration between two of Google's biggest products is making it easier for consumers and business customers alike to share large files.
Today's update entails Gmail and Google Drive. The release is two-fold. First, users will now be able to attach files directly from Google drive to their emails without ever having to leave their Gmail accounts.
Secondly, those files can be a lot larger than ever before as the update supports attachments up to 10GB in size -- which Google said is up to 400 times larger than "traditional attachments."
Gmail product manager Phil Sharp explained in a blog post on the Google Enterprise blog on Tuesday that these files are technically still stored in the cloud, which makes it easier to both send these files and ensure that the recipients have the most up-to-date version.
Like a smart assistant, Gmail will also double-check that your recipients all have access to any files you’re sending. This works like Gmail’s forgotten attachment detector: whenever you send a file from Drive that isn’t shared with everyone, you’ll be prompted with the option to change the file’s sharing settings without leaving your email. It’ll even work with Drive links pasted directly into emails.
The 10GB capacity should be particularly interesting to Google Apps customers that might want to use this for more in-depth collaboration on projects. Sending such large files also presumes that the user is paying for extra Google Drive space as the cutoff for free cloud storage is 5GB.
This feature will be rolling out to Gmail users over the next few days. Anyone interested in taking advantage of it will need to opt-in (if they haven't already) to the updated Gmail compose experience, which also recently debuted.
Screenshot via The Google Enterprise Blog