In an effort to turn up the heat with its battle with Microsoft, Google plans to launch a service that lets users store on its computers essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives: word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images. Some storage space would be available for free and users would pay for additional room. Google will likely face matters such as privacy matters and copyright issues before this service takes flight.
Google's market power and focus on providing easy-to-use services make it likely to have an impact. The company wants to distinguish itself from existing online storage services partly by simplifying the process for transferring and opening files.