You probably wonder why Google is giving you two Gigabytes of space when you sign up for a Gmail account. The reason may be pretty simple: no one will ever use those two gigs anyway. Even if you receive lots of emails including attachments you'd need years to fill the space unless you receive emails with attachments fairly regularly, that is.
Some clever folks came up with an idea on how to use the unused space of your Google account. The answer: use it as online storage, for instance for backup purposes or remote access to the files hosted there.. Gspace is one of those freeware tools that let you use your Google mail space as an online storage for your files.
The tool has some limitations as of now that exist because of gmail restrictions. Those are a 10 megabyte file size limitation and a limitation to some file extensions that are not considered harmful. The program page gives a good introduction to program mechanics and limitations.
Update: GSpace is no longer available, the website is returning a blank page, and it appears that the project has been canceled by its author.
Google has been working on Google Drive for years, and it seems as if the company is finally ready to launch the new service.
Google Drive, or gDrive, offers a service similar to Dropbox, another popular file hosting and synchronization service. While we do not know for sure at this point in time, it has been reported that Google Drive will offer access to user data both on the web and through a file synchronization software on the desktop. It is very likely that Android users will also get access to the storage space with the help of an app for their mobile phone.
Update 2: Google Drive has been released giving all users an extra 5 Gigabyte of space with options to upgrade the account for additional storage.Advertisement
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