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Gmail Update Introduces Drive Integration, 10GB File Sharing

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Drive documents can be easily added into a new email.

Google has announced that Gmail users will be able to add links to files stored on Google Drive, which will allow for the sharing of files up to 10GB by email.

Upon composing a new email, users will be exposed to the option of inserting a file from Google Drive. As Drive files have already been uploaded to Google's cloud service, as well as the fact that it doesn't need to be directly attached to the email, much larger files can be inserted.

"Have you ever tried to attach a file to an email only to find out it's too large to send? Now with Drive, you can insert files up to 10GB - 400 times larger than what you can send as a traditional attachment," said product manager Phil Sharp.

Drive integration results in recipients always having access to the latest version of the file, with Gmail also checking whether all recipients have been granted access to a given document.

"Like a smart assistant, Gmail will also double-check that your recipients all have access to any files you're sending," Sharp added. "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."

Those who want to test the new functionality are required to opt in for the 'new compose experience' within Gmail. An invite can be seen on one's inbox page to the right of the 'More' button.

 

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    teaser , November 28, 2012 12:58 PM
    Now Wait a second.....now I can share files up to 10 gigs through gmail,but i cant send my buddy a rar file or zip through gmail?.....WTF
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    mrmaia , November 28, 2012 1:05 PM
    The automatic update and access stuff is awesome, though it could cause a little confusion if something mentioned in the email body is altered before the recipient reads the message, or if you don't want everybody you forwarded it to to be granted eternal access to your file.

    Now I don't see much use in bragging about how you can send 10GB files in an email. Are 1080p movies allowed into Drive? :) 
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    in_the_loop , November 28, 2012 1:31 PM
    And not to forget that sending a 10 GB file isn't free.
    Your google drive account is only at 5 GB, unless you pay.
    Bad considering most people think google is giving you free ad-supported stuff.
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    mrmaia , November 28, 2012 1:43 PM
    in_the_loopAnd not to forget that sending a 10 GB file isn't free. Your google drive account is only at 5 GB, unless you pay.Bad considering most people think google is giving you free ad-supported stuff.


    Actually few people realize that "free" is in fact ad-supported. Most people think Google (and Facebook, and plenty of others) is just a good company who likes to provide free services because... well, they're nice guys.
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    WithoutWeakness , November 28, 2012 1:55 PM
    mrmaiaThe automatic update and access stuff is awesome, though it could cause a little confusion if something mentioned in the email body is altered before the recipient reads the message, or if you don't want everybody you forwarded it to to be granted eternal access to your file.Now I don't see much use in bragging about how you can send 10GB files in an email. Are 1080p movies allowed into Drive?


    It won't forward the file to users who haven't been given access. If I have family photos on my Google Drive and add my wife's Gmail account as a user with access then I can send her all the photos straight through Gmail. If she fowards it to her friend who I haven't given access to then her friend can't see it.

    Google Drive also has options for "public", meaning anyone with the link can see it. You have to manually enable that on the file you wish to share, though.

    I don't think they're bragging about 10GB as much as they're saying "hey, you're no longer limited to that 50MB cap like Hotmail has". Even PowerPoints can run into the hundreds of megabytes if they have lots of pictures or multimedia content.

    Google Drive can store 1080p video and can even stream it to multiple devices.
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