After numerous leaks, the long-awaited file storage and syncing service Google Drive has launched.

Drive, which will compete with Dropbox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive, will provide you with access to cloud-connected storage on desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

The service is built directly into Google Docs, which means you are able to collaborate with others in real time, from anywhere, on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Once you share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything — including PDFs, photos, videos, and so on — as well as receive notifications when other people comment on your shared items.

Unsurprisingly, it will also integrate with the rest of Google’s products. For example, you’ll be able to add a photo from Drive to your Google+ update. Additionally, with smart tagging, you will be able to tag stored items so they easily appear in future searches.

Google is offering members 5GB of free storage. Small businesses and enterprises can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month, or even 1TB for $49.99/month. The company will even increase your Gmail account storage to 25GB when you upgrade to a paid Drive account.

Although Google Drive is live, it’s not available for everyone yet. You can view your status and request that Google notify you when Drive is ready by visiting its homepage.

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