While Google has its critics, the company seems to be one
tech firm that is constantly in tune with what the consumer wants. In
terms of service, Google generally doesn't waste time and effort cutting back
or restricting its service, rather it simply strives to give the customer
This kind of thinking has led the scarce stock shares of
Google to reach an astronomical price of over $700 per
share, and has led them to launch a new campaign to conquer the
cell phone O.S. industry.
Now Google is preparing to quietly launch a new service, which both legitimizes
previously existing internet software and improves upon it. The service
gives users free online storage space and many are dubbing it GDisk for
short. In the past applications exploit GMail's very high amount of free
storage space and allowed you to store files on it like a hard drive (GMail
currently features over 5 GB of storage). Google's Picasa photo service
also has allowed users to store up to 1 GB of pictures and other files.
Google is looking to take that concept and transform it into a full featured
service independent from GMail. The Wall Street Journal first
broke the story about this development yesterday.
Google has not announced how much storage users will get, but it is safe to
assume it will be more than GMail’s 5 GB. It has been announced that
additional space will be available in addition to the baseline amount, for a
The move will likely be expensive for Google, as it will require more storage
infrastructure. However, it seems a logical one. The more
information users store on the internet, the more they will be dependent on the
internet and internet services in their daily computer usage. In effect
this will shift users away from the desktop OS environment, dominated by
Microsoft and into the internet services realm, dominated by Google.
For the user it is an exciting idea too, as they get more free space to store
or back up their files.
One sticky issue raised by the new development actually stems from an objective
Google has for its new service -- to allow users to share their files with a
friend, similar to shared space on a Local Area Network. This will likely
bring up unpleasant copyright issues for the company, whose subsidiary YouTube
is already facing a bizarre legal
onslaught from the rock-and-roller Prince. According to The Wall
Street Journal, Google is currently in talks with copyright holders about
how to approach this issue and avoid more legal troubles.
While there are many issues to work out, many users will be very excited to put
Google's newest free service to use when it comes out.