Gmail Update Introduces Drive Integration, 10GB File Sharing
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.