Google Merging Gmail and Google Drive to Expand Attachment Limit to 10GB

November 28, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The one thing that i really hated about Gmail was its file attaching capability. Anything above the 27MB limit couldn’t be attached and that proved to be a big issue, especially when trying to send photos or videos.

So I was really pleased to know that Gmail is expanding that particular area. Google is altering the attachment-handling capability in order to embed the files from the Drive cloud storage service directly inside messages.

This will enable users to send mails with attachments as large as 10GB in a single email. Now that’s really an improvement to the gmail service, even better than all the new changes Google has been making to the service lately.

The information regarding this new enhancement was given in a blog post by the Gmail team. They said, “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.”

With the latest upgrade filling in, there will be a Drive icon in the email composition window. This will allow users to drop in the files they need.

You can also change the access rights of a message in order to make it accessible to outsiders. The new composition window is one of Google’s latest upgrades, and this new attachment enhancement will be rolled out during the next few days.

But the upgrade will be available to only those who have signed up for the new composing system, where you get a floating screen rather than the usual full-screen email layout. Users who use Drive storage will be aware that they have 5GB of free storage.

Google Drive, launched in April, can be expanded to 25GB on paying $2.49 a month, $4.99 for 100GB and $44.95 for a terabyte.

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