Google’s Online File Storage

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As reported earlier this week in an article from the Wall Street Journal, an online file storage system is in the works from the search giant.

Google is preparing a service that would let users store on its computers essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives — such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images, say people familiar with the matter.

Online storage is the next logical step and already exists in some small capacity in the never-ending beta of Gmail. However, the ability to store massive amounts of its users’ files has the potential to greatly improve usability. Imagine having a centralized location to store emails, videos for YouTube, pictures for Picasa, and documents in Google Docs.

Clearly, this integration’s benefits are endless, and I wonder how long it will be until Yahoo or Microsoft releases something similar.

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