The internet has an intangible presence in everyone’s lives nowadays, and it has grown into a strong content production and consumption platform with a worldwide audience. Some of the world’s most popular businesses are driven through this medium, and overall, the Internet is the one thing that has made life so much better for everyone. However, the Internet has been around for a few decades now, but it is still requires some decision making when it comes to transferring files over the Internet. This XKCD sums it up pretty well.
Email services have limits on the size of files that can be transferred. Recently, Dropbox was able to fill the gap with its file storage and syncing service. Now, Gmail is making it easier to transfer large file to your peers, by integrating its email service with its cloud storage service— Google Drive. Gmail has allowed email attachments up to 25 MB until now, but with Google Drive, we can send files up to 10 GB in size through Gmail. This is 400 times of what was once allowed.
The Gmail Drive integration comes with a new feature, which also checks if the file being shared has the correct permissions. The Gmail blog announces the new feature, saying,
Whenever you send a file from Drive that isn’t shared with everyone, you’ll be prompted with the option to change the file’s sharing settings without leaving your email. It’ll even work with Drive links pasted directly into emails.
The feature is available for those with Gmail’s new compose interface, and will roll out for all users over the next few days.