Bring on the Google GDrive

As widely reported by just about everyone, Google has increased the amount of storage you get with Gmail — or rather, it has increased the rate at which the amount of storage is increasing. The amount of storage you can buy if you want to upgrade has also increased. Although he hasn’t posted on it yet (shame on you, Paul) I expect my friend Paul Kedrosky will be celebrating the news, seeing as how he has been asking for this for some time now.

It’s great that by January or so, we can expect to have 6 gigabytes of storage, according to some predictions. But still — and I don’t mean to sound ungrateful — why so little? After all, Microsoft’s new Windows Live Mail gives you 10 gigabytes, apparently, as more than one irritated Microsoft defender noted after Mashable and TechCrunch (which gave me a 500 internal server error earlier this morning) compared Gmail to Windows Live SkyDrive, which I’ll admit is kind of an apples-to-oranges comparison.

But seriously, where is the Gdrive we’ve heard so much about? As Nick Carr notes in this post, storage using services like Amazon’s S3 has effectively become too cheap to meter. Does that mean Amazon is better than you are, Google? Well does it?

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I'm the chief digital writer at the Columbia Journalism Review in New York, and a former writer for Fortune magazine and the Globe and Mail newspaper.

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