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Google marries Gmail and Drive reserves to offer 15GB storage

Google has now unified the storage limits for Gmail and Google Drive, giving users 15GB of free storage across both products.

Now instead of having a 10GB limit on Gmail and 5GB on Google Drive and Google+ Photos, users get 15GB overall.

"With this new combined storage space, you won't have to worry about how much you're storing and where," Google wrote in a blog post. "For example, maybe you're a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2GB in Gmail. Now it doesn't matter, because you can use your storage the way you want."

To keep track of how much you're using, Google will update its Google Drive storage page, which will let you hover over a pie chart to see how much storage you're using across Google's products (above).

The change will be rolling out over the next few weeks, Google said. The move also applies to Google Apps users, who get 30GB of unified storage.

In other cloud news, Microsoft yesterday unveiled an update to SkyDrive that improves the layout of photos added to the service. Uploaded photos will display in a timeline view and will be organised into groups by time and event.

"Take 20 pictures at a birthday party with your phone, and then a photo of your parking spot at the airport a few hours later? Now they'll appear as two different groups in the timeline," Microsoft said in a blog post.

The Redmond firm also said it has improved its server and app code to allow for photo uploads that are 2-3x faster.