Google drives education with unlimited storage
Students whose school utilizes Google Apps for Education will have the ability to store as many files in the Google Drive as they want in just a few weeks.
Earlier in 2014, Google launched Drive for Work, its $10 per month version of Google Drive that boasts unlimited storage and a couple of additional features. This week, with the Drive for Education launch, the company announced that it is bringing unlimited storage to Google Apps for Education.
Like the rest of the Google Apps for Education suite, Drive for Education is free for non-profit education institutions.
Drive for Education will become available automatically to all Google Apps for Education users in the upcoming weeks.
Prior to the end of the year, Google also will offer free access to its compliance solution for businesses, Google Apps Vault. The solution allows businesses to, for example, archive emails and chats to educational users. In addition, Enhanced Auditing support is in the works for educational institutions, but the date of availability has not been shared.
At present time, Google Apps for Education offers users 30 GB of free space for their accounts. While that is plenty for many students, Google believes that they will find ways to fill up the additional space. The company also anticipates that the Google Drive for Education users will likely want to continue to use Drive for Work once they graduate from school.
It is great that Google takes education seriously and offers ways to help students succeed – and for no charge. I find it remarkable that such a powerful company is leading by example and showing that they value education and are dedicated to helping enhance the student experience.