Since its introduction back in January 2010, Google Drive (then known as Google Docs) has come a long way. It started with 1 GB space being available to the users which became 10 GB eventually. Now that millions of people have started using Drive to create, keep and share files, Google has made it possible to insert files from drive directly into email without leaving Gmail. Remember those days when you could send only 25 MB of data through your Microsoft exchange server? How clumsy it used to be? More often than not, we used to find it too large to send. How far have we come since then?
With Drive, users can now attach up to 10 GB – 400 times larger than what you can send as a traditional attachment. Added advantage is that since the file that you are sending is stored in the cloud, the recipient will have access to the most up-to-date version.
Like the smart assistant, Gmail will also double check that the recipients have access to any files you are sending. This algo works like Gmail’s forgotten attachment detector, i.e., whenever you send a file from Drive that isn’t shared with everyone, you will be prompted to change the file’s sharing settings without leaving your email. It will even work with Drive links pasted directly into emails.
So whether it’s the photos of the recent picnic, video footage of your cat becoming ninja-like or a presentation to your client, all your stuff – will be easily accessible and share with Drive and Gmail.
To get started, just click on the Drive icon while composing a message.
Note: This feature is rolling out over the next few days and is only available with Gmail’s new “compose” experience. So opt-in real quick and have fun!