Om Malik says Google is planning to launch Google Drive next month (maybe as soon as next week). Yes, finally.
He touches upon some of the illustrious history of the Google Drive rumors throughout the years, but they haven’t actually been rumors. Google had a project several years ago that they were widely using internally, but they killed it. The project started up again last year and again, Google started widely testing it internally, which they’ve been doing for months now to make sure it’s just right.
This time they will launch it.
There was a time a few years back when I would have looked forward to Google Drive. But in all the intervening years other people stepped into the void. Dropbox serves very nicely and is integrated with most of my devices. SkyDrive is really coming along, getting almost all of the things I need and with 25GB of storage it really is pretty nice as a backup solution for documents. Box.net with 50GB storage is solid even if the UI is a touch odd. And all my music is backed up to Amazon for the price of buying an album last year.
So Google Drive…. better be something great, something game-changing. And I don’t know what that is but once upon a time Gmail made us all stand up and reassess email. I just suspect this will be a “meh” moment. Let’s see if I eat my words and by how much.