Ever get frustrated about email file size limitations? You can now insert up to a 10GB file from Google Drive with Gmail. Previously you could only share a link from your Drive. The new integration from Gmail is simply providing an enhanced seamless way of sharing your Google Drive files or pictures. I guess with 10GB you could even share a large video file or movie if you have it stored on your drive. The capabilities have always been prevalent but not apparent. Now it is right in everyone’s view.
It is kind of ironic that you can send a 10GB file but they only offer 5GB of space for free. Sounds like Google is attempting to have you increase your storage use which will result in signing up for a paid storage level.
Other services have a much lower size limit on file transfer. For instance Skydrive is 300mb from the web and 2GB via Desktop. DropBox is 300mb from the web and unlimited from the Desktop.
When I take a picture or open an important document with my Android Smartphone I find myself using the send to drive option more each day. I can relate the new email feature as having similar features even though it was possible already to send files via email from an alternate method. They are slowly integrating small unique features to entice you to use their service rather than their competitors. Even though the majority of features are similar they have little nuance differences that are marketed to uses to join to one that is in their face the most. It is tough to have a person switch email providers but if marketed properly they may just pull it off.
They also integrated some “smart assistant” technology into the feature to make sure recipients of your shared files have the necessary permissions. Gmail will also double-check that your recipients all have access to any files you’re sending. 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. Essentially The smart feature is that you don’t have to switch over to the mail app, and Gmail checks to make sure your recipient has access to the linked Drive file per your Drive permissions.
The lifted size limit isn’t even the most useful development here. Bringing GMail and Google Docs under the Google Drive umbrella makes the entire suite much more convenient and intuitive to use.
I find myself using Google Docs much more often-I had never found cloud applications to be of much use before, but the reorganization has made it much more appealing.
The feature is rolling out over the next few days to users who have already upgraded to Gmail’s new composing window.