13 November 2013

Official Gmail Blog: “Attachments in Gmail, now with the power of Google Drive”

You’re probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your “Downloads” folder. With today’s update to Gmail, you can skip that whole process. Instead, you can view attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail, making it easy to access them later from whatever device you’re on – computer, phone or tablet. Scott Johnston

Hmm, correct me if I’m wrong, but if you save attachments to Drive while they are still enclosed in the original email body, you’re effectively making a copy of the file in a new location, using up twice the storage space. Since Gmail and Drive share the same storage, doing this will eat into your quota twice as fast than if you were to simply store files in Gmail! As long as there is no easy way to remove the attached file while keeping the conversation text this just seems like a bad plan!

And exactly how is it easier to have them on Drive than in Gmail? Last time I checked you could access Gmail on pretty much any device you could possibly use.

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