The Wall Street Journal reports on a new service under development at Google that would allow users to store personal files on the search giant's own hard drives, making them available via the Internet to multiple devices. The new service, as yet unnamed but known among bloggers as Gdrive, could hasten a shift to Web-based computing and transform the economics of hard-drive and backup sales.
Google is planning to offer free storage up to a point, with additional allotments for sale. Yahoo has already tried, with its Briefcase service, to offer an Internet-based storage service. Yet where Yahoo's application requires users to visit a Web page and click through multiple screens, Google is designing its program to integrate with PCs natively, in essence offering an additional remote hard disk.