Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive.
Google Drive is not only a storage tool, but it includes the following tools embedded within it:
Google Docs is a word processing tool (like Microsoft Word).
Google Slides is a presentation tool (like PowerPoint).
Google Sheets is a spreadsheet tool (like Excel).
Google Forms is a survey creation tool (like SurveyMonkey).
Google Maps is a mapping tool that has many classroom applications.
Google Drawings is a graphic design tool that is very versatile.