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Google Drive May Launch Next Week With 5GB of Free Storage

Reports of an imminent Google Drive launch are piling up.

Reports of an imminent Google Drive launch keep piling up, with The Next Web claiming that the online storage service will finally arrive next week.

Google Drive will include 5 GB of free storage, The Next Web reports, citing "a draft release from a partner" of the service. Files will be accessible through any web browser, of course, but Google Drive will also reportedly work within local file browsers on a Windows PC or Mac, in a manner similar to Dropbox's desktop client.

Earlier, we heard that Google Drive would only include 1 GB free, but a more generous amount of free storage seems likely given how much space the competition offers. Dropbox provides 2 GB free, and Box offers 5 GB. Microsoft's SkyDrive provides 25 GB, with 5 GB available for syncing to a local file folder in Windows.

Rumors of a Web-based storage service from Google have been circulating since 2006, and claims of an upcoming launch have proven false before. But given the amount of new leaked information lately--including a splash page screenshot and an integration menu from a partner--the mythical GDrive has a solid chance of becoming real very soon. Stay tuned.

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