Google Drive is a service offered by Google that allows you to store and share files online. The service was launched on April 24, 2012 and provides 5 GB of free storage. Additional storage can be purchased for a monthly fee.
The goal of Google Drive is to provide a central place to store your files online so that you can access them from anywhere. Additionally, you can access your Google Drive from multiple devices, since the software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS platforms. The service also provides a web-based interface that allows you to organize your files and search for documents by filename or content.
Besides online file storage, Google Drive provides tools for sharing files and collaborating on projects with other users over the Web. For example, instead of emailing large attachments, you can send links to the files from your Google Drive to one or more users. You can also use the web-based Google Docs applications to create or edit documents online. When you share a document with other Google Drive users, everyone can view and edit the document at the same time.
Google Drive allows you to view over 30 file types directly in your web browser. These include Google's proprietary formats, as well as other popular file types, such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator documents. For more information about Google Drive's proprietary file types, view the Google Drive File Types article at FileInfo.com.