Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service by Google that was released on April 24, 2012.
Google Drive is now the home of Google Docs, a suite of productivity applications, that offer collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. Rumors about Google Drive began circulating as early as March 2006.
Google Drive gives all users 5 GB of cloud storage to start with. A user can get additional storage, which is shared between Picasa and Google Drive, from 25 GB up to 16 TB through a paid monthly subscription plan (2.49 US$ per month for 25 GB). Originally, these subscriptions were truly treated as "additional storage" such that a user with a 25 GB subscription would still retain the free 5 GB for a total of 30 GB; however, in September 2012, Google announced it was cutting the 5 GB of free storage from all paid users' accounts, so that a user paying for 25 GB would be restricted to precisely 25 GB. Data storage of files up to 1 GB total in size was introduced on January 13, 2010, but has since been increased to 10 GB. Documents using Google Docs native formats do not count towards this quota. The largely anticipated cloud storage feature by Google is said to be replacing most of Docs' features in 2012.