Gmail Threatens Dropbox by Allowing Users to Send Files up to 10GB

The latest integration between two of Google’s biggest products – Gmail and Google Drive – is making it easier for consumers and business customers alike to share large files. You can now send files as large as 10 GB.

Google Inc. announced Tuesday that it will be integrating Google Drive into Gmail, a move that will make it possible to send files up to a massive 10GB in size over e-mail. Photo: Anne Petersen/Flickr

The Gmail team announced Tuesday that a wonderful new button is coming to Gmail’s new compose window.

If you’re a Gmail user, there’s good news: You can now send files as large as 10 gigabytes. And if you are a Dropbox investor or employee, though, that’s bad news.

Since Google Drive launched in April, millions of people have started using Drive to keep, create and share files. Starting today, it’s even easier to share with others: you can insert files from Drive directly into an email without leaving your Gmail.

Today’s update involves both Gmail and Google Drive. First, users will now be able to attach files directly from Google drive to their emails without ever having to leave their Gmail accounts.

Secondly, those files can be a lot larger than ever before as the update supports attachments up to 10GB in size

Before, Gmail users were only able to send 25MB attachments, making it difficult to send large Powerpoint documents to colleagues and sending us over to services like Dropbox or Box.

Now all you have to do is upload and host your documents and files onto Google Drive, and click on a new “Insert files using Google Drive” button that you’ll find on the bottom of your email compose page right next to the paperclip attachment icon.

Like a smart assistant, 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, writes the Official Google Enterprise Blog.

So whether it’s photos from your recent camping trip, video footage from your brother’s wedding, or a presentation to your boss, all your stuff is easy to find and easy to share with Drive and Gmail. To get started, just click on the Drive icon while you’re composing a message.

Note that this feature is rolling out over the next few days and is only available with Gmail’s new compose experience, so you’ll need to opt-in if you haven’t already. Otherwise you’re going to be stuck with the 25MBs.

Each Google Drive user is granted 5GB of free storage from Google. In order to store and send files larger than 5GB users will be required to purchase additional Google Drive storage space to accommodate those files.

Currently you can purchase 25GB of additional Google Drive storage for $2.49 per month, or 100GB for $4.99 per month.

This is an obvious improvement to make to Gmail. But it’s also a threat to services like Dropbox, Box, and YouSendIt that allow you to send and share files of various sizes. Since Dropbox’s free plan starts users at 2 GB of storage—far below Google’s new size limit – it’s a real problem for the startup.

Microsoft’s new mail offers the same functionality over SkyDrive, so this isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it sure is convenient, and Gmail’s millions of users will be pleased.

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