Google enables ‘upload any file type’ to Docs

12 Jan 2010

Users of Google Docs can now upload any file type from their computer to the service and access them anywhere via the internet.

Google said today that over the next couple of weeks it is rolling out the ability for any Google Apps user to easily upload and securely share any type of file internally and externally.

Users will get 1Gb of storage each and can upload files up to 250MB in size.

“Now accessing your work files doesn’t require a connection to your internal office network,” explained Anil Sabharwal, product manager for Google Docs writing in the official Google Blog.

“Nor do you need to email files to yourself, carry around a USB stick, or use a company network drive – you can access your files using Google Docs from any web-enabled computer.

“Combined with shared folders in Google Docs, the upload feature is a great way to collaborate on files with co-workers and external parties. Instead of using cumbersome email attachments, you can upload files to a folder and share it with co-workers, who can then access and edit the files from a single place. You can even have your sales team securely share contracts with external clients for review.

“And of course, by using Google Docs, you can quickly and easily search across all your files from one place, getting access to the right file when and where you need it,” Sabharwal said.

Users of Google Apps Premier Edition will be able to use the Google Documents List Data API to upload files to Google Docs in batch, or purchase applications offered by third parties that enable users to migrate and sync files to Google Docs, such as desktop app for PC and Macs Memeo Connect for Google Apps, automated backup and file management app Syncplicity; and online project management platform Manymoon.

Sabharwal said that in the coming months, Google will enable users of Google Apps Premier Edition to purchase additional storage for €3 per GB per year.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years