Over the next few weeks Google will be rolling out the ability to upload, store and organize any type of file in Google Docs and with this change one would be able to upload and access file from any computer, said a Google blog post.
Not only uploading office documents, photos, PDF’s, spreadsheets, now you can also upload your videos as the search engine has added support for uploading videos files to your Google Docs account. After uploading the videos one can watch it with the Goggle Docs video player simply by clicking the file from the document list.
Now emailing large files will not be a problem as one can upload any file up to 250 MB. In addition, Google has increased the free storage capacity to 1 GB for files that can't be converted into any format like Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. For the videos Google is providing 1 GB storage with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080.
Additional storage capacity can be bought at $0.25 per GB per year. “This makes it easy to backup more of your key files online, from large graphics and raw photos to unedited home videos taken on your smartphone. You might even be able to replace the USB drive you reserved for those files that are too big to send over email,” said the blog post.
What would be the added advantage in uploading videos in Google docs when YouTube has more features and a bigger file size limit than Google Docs? “ampercent “ a tech web site says there might be many situations when you may want your Videos uploaded through Google Docs rather than through YouTube.
For a bunch of documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, photos and videos stored in hard drive, one would always require quick back up for all these files at one place without uploading them to separate online storage spaces like Windows Live Skydrive, Flickr.
The site said even Dropbox is good for backups but one does not have a Dropbox account yet and is unaware of how it works.
Moreover, when users would not want personal videos to be public and need a safe place to upload videos privately Google Doc would give more comfortable sharing setting.
At present Tens of millions people have moved to Google Docs for its 100 percent web, said another Google blog post.
According to the post, the search engine is fully aware that users still use Microsoft Office, because until recently, there weren’t many tools to help them collaborate and share with others.
“To help smooth the transition from Office to the cloud, my teammates and I founded a company called DocVerse, which was acquired by Google earlier this year. Over the last 9 months, we’ve been hard at work moving the DocVerse product to Google’s infrastructure. We’ve also renamed it Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. Today, we’re pleased to take the next step towards a public launch and make it available to early testers,” said Shan Sinha, Group Product Manager, and Google.
Those who are still not able to move to Google Docs from Microsoft Office, for them Google earlier offered many good things.
Users of Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 can sync their office documents to the Google cloud, without ever leaving office, said the post earlier.
Also, once synced, documents are backed-up, given a unique URL, and can be accessed from anywhere (including mobile devices) at any time through Google Docs. Since the files are store in the cloud, people always have access to the current version.
“Once in the Google cloud, documents can be easily shared and even simultaneously edited by multiple people, from right within Office. A full revision history is kept as the files are edited, and users can revert to earlier versions in one click. These are all features that Google Docs users already enjoy today, and now we’re bringing them to Microsoft Office,” said the post.
However, with the new release this year Google has ensured that users with shared folders can store, organize, and collaborate on files more easily using Google Docs. For example, if one is in a club or PTA working on large graphics files for posters or a newsletter, one can upload them to a shared folder for collaborators to view, download, and print.
Also, users can search for document files uploaded by them and will be able to view many common document file types with the Google Docs viewer.