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Google Docs expanding to add file storage

Google is gearing up for an expansion of the Google Docs service, which is opening up to allow users to upload files of any kind.
Written by Sam Diaz, Inactive on

Say goodbye to that thumb drive.

Over the next few weeks, Google Docs will expand to allow users to upload any type of file - music, photos, graphics, zip files, and more - into their accounts. The file size maxes out at 250 MB and there's a minimum 1 GB of storage space included with the account,

Files converted into Google Docs formats don't count against the storage limits, though additional storage is being sold for 25 cents per gigabyte per year.

The ability to store files online has been around for some time - even by way of e-mailing important documents to ourselves. But this is more than just file storage. It's also a collaboration tool. Through Google Docs, others that you allow access to the file can go in and make changes without anyone having to worry about which version is the most recent.

In addition to announcing the news on its official blog and Google Docs blog, the company also posted a beefed-up version of the news to its enterprise blog, which contained a bit of a different message about added functionality for customers of Google Apps Premier Edition and different pricing for additional storage.

The feature will be rolled out over the coming weeks.

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