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What is Google Drive?

"Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service that offers its users 15 GB of free space."

In Google Drive online storage users can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, and videos.
All files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer, with possibility to invite others to view, download, and collaborate on a set of files.
The service works with Drive, Gmail and Google Photos, so it is possible to store files, save email attachments and back-up photos directly to Drive.

Google Drive scored 96/100 (Top 3 in Cloud Storage) in the Cloud Storage category. This is based on user satisfaction (95/100), press buzz (79/100), recent user trends (rising) and other relevant information on Google Drive gathered from around the web.

The score for this service has improved over the past month. What is this?

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Google Drive Product Overview

  • Metadata: There is a Description field available for both files and folders that users can use to add relevant metadata. Content within the Description field is also indexed by Google Drive and is searchable.

  • Save to Google Drive: Google offers an extension for Google Chrome, 'Save to Google Drive', that allows users to save web content to Google Drive through a browser action or through the context menu.

  • Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations can be created in Google's format, or uploaded files can be converted to this format from types such as .doc or .ppt.

  • File Viewing: The Google Drive viewer on the web allows viewing a number of different file formats.

  • Third-party Apps: These apps are available from the Chrome Web Store and are compatible with all supported browsers. To use an app, users are required to sign in into Chrome Web Store and add the app to their extensive database.

  • Sharing: Files or folders can be shared privately with specific users, using their @gmail.com addresses. Sharing files with users who do not have a Google account requires making them accessible to 'anybody with the link'.

Languages: English

Google Drive Pricing Plans

Other pricing information:

15GB - Free, 100 GB - $1.99 per month, 1 TB - $9.99 per month, 10 TB - $99.99 per month, 20 TB - $199.99 per month, 30 TB - $299.99 per month.

Credit card required: N/A

Google Drive FAQs

What is Google Drive generally used for?

This service is used for storage, synchronization, sharing and editing files, as well as for work collaboration.

What platforms does Google Drive support? (e.g. native mobile apps)

Google Drive client software is available for the following devices: PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 with NTFS partitions, or Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher; Android smartphones and tablets with Android 2.1 (Eclair) or higher; iPhones and iPads with iOS 5.0 or higherGoogle. It can also be accessed through Linux via open source projects such as Grive.

What are some applications Google Drive is commonly used in tandem with?

This service is commonly used in tandem with other Google products, like Gmail, Google Photos, Google Calendar, Docs etc.

Does Google Drive integrate with any other apps?

It integrates with large number of other apps.

Does Google Drive offer an API?

The Drive platform offers a group of APIs along with client libraries, language-specific examples, and documentation to help develop apps that integrate with Drive.

Does Google Drive offer multi-user capability? (e.g. teams)

It offers Teamwork accounts.

Who are the main user groups of Google Drive?

Users of Google Drive are all computer and internet users who want to easily store, access, edit, and share files across many devices.

Does Google Drive offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

It offers tutorials, guides, a help desk and a help forum.

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