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Google Docs now lets you stream video files you upload

Google has just snuck a rather slick feature into Docs which you might not have noticed. You could already play audio files you had uploaded to your Google Docs storage, but now you can play video files as well. Google's player supports a number of different formats, including its own WebM/VP8, MPEG4, 3GP, MOV, AVI, MPEG, FLV (Flash video), and WMV (Windows Media). The heavy lifting is performed by YouTube's video player, and it supports files up to 1GB in size.

Extra Docs storage is dirt cheap, so this could be a terrific way to enjoy your favorite videos (and music) from a private stash in the cloud. It also wouldn't be a surprise to see Google integrate some fancy playback options into Android and Chrome OS. All we need now is a good desktop-to-docs sync program from Mountain View...

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