Google officially launched its cloud storage and file sharing service, Google Drive, offering users 5GB of free storage space.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Google is hoping to build the world's largest digital filing cabinet in the latest attempt to deepen people's dependence on its services.

The Internet search leader began its pursuit of the audacious goal Tuesday with the much-anticipated debut of Google Drive, a product that stores personal documents, photos, videos and a wide range of other digital content on Google's computers.

By keeping files in massive data centers, users will be able to call up the information on their smartphones, tablet computer.

Cloud-based storage gives users a place to park their documents, photos, presentations and other files so they can easily and immediately access and share them with various digital devices wherever they have an Internet connection.

More importantly, Google Drive is tied into all of Google's other services. The new service, for instance, will allow users to collaborate on spreadsheets, presentations and video, as the company's existing Google Docs service is built into Google Drive.

Google Drive is offering the first five gigabytes of storage for free. Prices for additional storage will range from $2.49 per month for 25 gigabytes to $49.99 per month for one terabyte, equivalent to five laptops with 200-gigabyte drives.


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