Google Testing Gdrive, aka Platypus

Corsin Camichael stumbled across a page hosted on Google’s servers, which seems to indicate that Gdrive is something that Google has already begun working on.  It also suggests that the name of the service, or perhaps code name of the service, is Platypus. 

The page, which was located at http://www.writely.com/index.html , has since been removed, but a screenshot of the page has been preserved for our over-analysis. (Click image below for full-size screenshot.)

 

The screenshot indicates that the service can be used on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, and allows users to store files and content online that they can access from any computer in the world. 

Why would you want to store your information online?  Let’s see what Google has to say about that:

  • Backup. If you lose your computer, grab a new one and reinstall Platypus.  Your files will be on your new machine in minutes.
  • Sync. Keep all your machines synchronized, even if they run different operating systems.
  • VPN-less acecss.  Not at a Google computer?  View your files on the web at http://troutboard.com/p
  • Collaborate.  Create shared spaces to which multiple Googlers can write.
  • Disconnected access.  On the plane?  VPN broken?  All your files are still accessible.

The project is still clearly internal-only, but the “Find a new bug, get a free Platypus t-shirt” message also suggests that they are readying the project for a future Beta release.

1 Comment

  1. ChrisChris07-11-2006

    Glad to see that they are developing this further. The GDrive is such a nifty and useful tool.

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