Apr 24th, 2012 publishUpdated   Jul 8th, 2013, 7:49 pm

Well, that didn’t take long. After a slip-up by a Google-owned French blog we figured it wouldn’t be long before Google Drive was officially officially announced. Google just made the formal announcement, and they’ve already made the service available to all. It’s like Dropbox and pretty much most decent file hosting services out there, but Google sought out to emphasize exhaustive search features.

You can search via keywords, and Google will scan titles and text within a document. Even if you have an image that has text in it, Google Drive can find it. It’s called Optical Character Recognition and should make searching through your documents a breeze. You can sort by file name, owner, and more. Another huge feature is collaboration. You can work with others on documents in real-time.

It’s sort of a natural extension of Google Documents. They take things a step further with the ability to comment on a document in case you need to note changes to your partners. You’ll start out with 5GB for free, but you can get 25GB for $2.49 per month and 100GB for just $5 per month. 1TB of data will run you a cool $50 per month.

And, once you get 25GB or higher, your Gmail account will also have space for 25GB worth of email. You’ll want to grab Google Drive ASAP, so get started at their site and be sure to find the accompanying apps for desktop operating systems and Android. [Google Play Store]