is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google
, released on April 24, 2012, which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing. Rumors about Google Drive
began circulating as early as March 2006.Files shared publicly on Google Drive
can be searched with web search engines.Google Drive
is the home of Google Docs, an office suite of productivity applications, that offer collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.
is the hub for all your business files: documents, pictures, videos, presentations and more. This virtual drive space was a rumoured product not long after Google
introduced Gmail with an unprecedentedly large amount of storage. There were a few hacks to take advantage of the storage space as a way to store backups of files in the cloud.
offers all users an initial 15 GB (originally 5 GB) of online storage space, usable across three of its most-used services: Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos(aka Picasa Web Albums). A user can get additional storage, which is shared between Picasa and Google Drive
, from 100 GB up to 16 TB through a paid monthly subscription plan (US$4.99 per month for 100 GB). A user with any paid storage does not get the free storage too.