There are lots of places on the internet where a small amount of space can be had, say 1 or 2 gigabytes, completely free, but to obtain any more than that, you find you have to pay dearly. Google has decided to show us that we not only should be thankful for their size, but that they are an extremely benevolent giant, as they will offer large amounts of space in their ‘cloud’ for an almost insignificant price.

Download Squad puts it like this –

You may not have heard about it before, but Google has been offering additional storage for GMail and Picasa Web users for quite some time. Today, the folks in Mountain View announced big time price breaks.

If you want a little extra elbow room for your email, attachments, and shared photos plans now start at a whopping 20 gigabytes for only $5 per year. Not enough, you say? You’ll be happy to know that Google offers up to a full terabyte for $256 annually. Granted, right now you can only use this space for GMail and Picasa Web stuff.

I think I’ll be passing on that 16 TB option Sebastian screencapped for now, thanks.

The rate for that 16 TB? $4,096 /year. Lots of money, but gargantuan space.

At any rate, Chrome OS in on the way and that likely means we’ll finally get our hands on the elusive GDrive as well. Here’s hoping it does, anyway.

In the event that Google does open things up, how do their plans stack up against other popular offerings? Let’s look at DropBox. For 50Gb of storage, you’ll spend $10 per month. With Google’s new plans, $20 will get you 80Gb – for the entire year. That’s not too shabby.

Sure would be nice if we could use it for all-purpose storage. You listening, Google?

Who’s with me?

Someone in a reply to a similar story (on ZDNet, I believe) stated that Microsoft offers long time users 25GB free, but I as a long time user (circa 1998) don’t have that automatically. I can build up to it, but the last time I read the agreement online, the space must be filled and then will be expanded. When I look at my space for my Hotmail accounts, not a one says I have 25GB total available.  Also, to really utilize the space, for anything extra, beyond mail or pictures (with Live Photo Gallery) I must use SkyDrive, which must be accessed through Internet Exploder.

For a small amount, I can store what I want, using the method I want (Opera, Iron, etc.) and I don’t have the problem with the Microsoft method of nebulous growth and shrinkage.

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Disney Katy Perry with all that space, pictures like this can be kept around forever!

KATY PERRY



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