Email Large Files Through Gmail Plus Google Drive
November 28, 2012

Google Integrates Drive And Gmail, Enabling 10GB Email Attachments

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

Google is making it easier to send large files via email by letting users attach Google Drive files to Gmail messages, the company said on Tuesday.

The integration of Google´s Drive cloud storage service with Gmail means up to 10GB of attachments can now be sent — 400 times more than what users can send as a traditional attachment, Google said.

Gmail users will now be able to attach files directly from Google Drive without ever having to leave the email application, Google said.

Additionally, because users are sending files stored in the cloud, recipients will have access to the same, most-up-to-date version of the file.

“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,” Google´s Gmail team wrote in a blog posting describing the new feature.

Google Drive is a cloud-based file storage and synchronization service built around the Google Docs office suite. The service, which was launched in April, provides users with 5GB of free storage capacity, which can be expanded to include an additional 25GB for $2.49.

When attaching a file from Google Drive, Gmail will automatically check that all recipients can access the file.

If a file is sent from Drive that isn´t shared with everyone, users will be prompted with the option to change the file´s sharing settings, without ever having to leave Gmail. This capability is similar to Google's forgotten attachment detector, and also works with Drive links pasted directly into emails.

The new features will be rolled out over the next few days, and are only available with Gmail's new compose experience, Google said.

Interested users will need to opt-in if they haven´t already.