Have you ever tried to attach a file to an email only to find out it’s too large to send? Solving our big attachment problem, Google announced further integration of its online cloud storage service Google Drive into Gmail, enabling to insert files from Drive directly into an email.
By this integration users can attach files up to 10GB in size, which is roughly 400 times larger than a traditional attachment. Gmail new compose experience got a new drive icon at the bottom near to the attachment icon. Clicking on the “Insert files using Drive” button allows users to attach files from their Google Drive account. Users will be sending file stored in the cloud, so they can be sure they all recipients will have access to the same, most-up-to-date version.
Like Gmail’s forgotten attachment detector, Gmail will also double-check that recipients have correct permission to access to any files been send. In case if they don’t have permission, user will be prompted with the option to change the file’s sharing settings without leaving their email.
This feature is rolling out over the next few days and is only available with Gmail’s new compose experience. Microsoft currently have this feature via its new Outlook email service which is integrated with its cloud storage service SkyDrive. So Google is trying to keep up with its competitors.
Have you tried this new feature? Do comment your experience.