Google has integrated its Google Drive cloud storage service into Gmail, allowing users to now attach files up to 10GB in size in their messages.
Previously, Gmail’s attachment limit was a relatively paltry 25MB — 400 times less than the new standard. The upgrade likely won’t affect most users in day-to-day usage unless they’re sending enormous files, but it’s nice to have that added space just in case.
The news comes via a post on Google’s own blog, where Gmail product manager Phil Sharp detailed the new integration between the company’s two services. Gmail users had previously been able to share Drive (and before that, Google Docs) files, but never from the Gmail interface itself.
Drive is a cloud service, which means that there is only one copy of a given file stored online at all times. This means that users who receive particular documents, spreadsheets, and the like will always have access the most recently updated version of them.
To attach a Drive file in Gmail, all users will have to do is click on the “Insert files using Drive” icon within their messages, and then pick which file they’d like to attach.
The integration is still being rolled out, so in order to utilize it, users will have to opt into Gmail’s new “compose” interface.
Source: Official Gmail Blog