Google Inc. (GOOG) is preparing to offer online storage to Web users, creating a mirror image of data stored on consumer hard drives, according to company documents that were mistakenly released on the Web.This isn't some kind of fake out, either.
When asked to confirm plans for a GDrive, a Google spokeswoman declined to comment on any specific service but confirmed that presentation containing the notes had been mistakenly released on the Web.The main point is pretty clear:
"With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including e-mails, Web history, pictures, bookmarks, etc., and make it accessible from anywhere (any device, any platform, etc)," the notes in the original Google presentation state.I'm not quite sure what that last line means - it sounds a little overambitious and strange, but in a sense it's a wonderful concept. Users would now have a way to back everything up off their own computers, which would be huge.
Chief Executive Eric Schmidt in his presentation made a cryptic comment that one goal of Google was to "store 100 percent" of consumer information.
In a sense, though, bloggers are already doing this, especially those on BlogSpot. We're storing incredible amounts of information (even if most of it is simple text) online for free. If you keep something as a draft, nobody else can see it, either. It's the not the greatest storage place, but it's a pretty good one. I've often wondered about storing other files online for easy and quick access; Google is apparently still working out the kinks on this. But if it would be as fast to get to as my hard drive, or even remotely close... I'd be pretty happy.