Google pools storage across Gmail and Drive

Google has pooled its cloud storage across its services, offering 15GB across Drive, Google+ Photos and Gmail.

Instead of having 10GB in Gmail and 5GB for Drive and Google+ Photos, that storage has been combined into one 15GB slice. For Google Apps users, their Gmail and Google Drive will be combined into a single 30GB chunk.

“With this new combined storage space, you won’t have to worry about how much you’re storing and where,” said Clay Bavor, director of product management, in a post on the Google blog. “For example, maybe you’re a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2GB in Gmail. Now it doesn’t matter, because you can use your storage the way you want.”

Any paid-for storage will also now extend to Gmail. Previously, Google limited users to a 25GB upgrade, but that’s now extended as high as Google’s storage goes – up to 16TB.

That online storage compares to 2GB free with Dropbox or 7GB for Microsoft’s SkyDrive, but this covers only document and photo storage, with offering unlimited space.

The changes will be rolled out over the next few weeks, the company said.

Google is also updating the storage management page, to make it easier to see where you hold the most data.

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