Google has integrated Google Drive with Gmail, thereby enabling users with the capability of sending files up to 400 times larger, or up to 10GB.

For those of us who upload or download a lot of data from the Internet, we are well aware of the limitations that E-mail offers in this department. While some On-line Email accounts offer transfers up to 25MB, many files today are just enormous.  Google has heard our cries and are now combining Google Drive with their popular free E-mail system.  This combo allows users to transfer files up to 10GB in size, which is very impressive.  Google has also implemented their “smart assistant” in the file sender that alerts the recipients in case they are unable to open the files being sent and to also make sure the recipient has full access to it. 

Google Product Manager Phil Sharp in an official blog message titled, “Gmail and Drive – a new way to send files”, tells Google users that data sent through this new system is stored on the cloud, therefore all the recipients will have access to the most current version of the file sent.

“Like a smart assistant, Gmail will also double-check that your recipients all have access to any files you’re sending," says Sharp. "This works like Gmail’s forgotten attachment detector: 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 email.”

This latest addition comes just after Google’s new E-mail compose layout that was unveiled on October 30th, 2012.  The new compose in Gmail gives little helpful popouts while you write such as the image of the recipient along with their contact information in the autocomplete area.