When time is of the essence, Google comes to the rescue with a sturdy document-creation and collaboration system. Google Drive provides a browser-based way to "create, share and keep all your stuff in one place," or so goes the company slogan. This cloud-storage application includes clients for Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Windows, and allows uploaded or newly created files to be edited, easily shared and collaborated on in real time.
When used with the desktop component for Mac OS X or Windows, Drive files can be bulk-downloaded, edited offline and synchronized when a connection becomes available. Files dragged from the desktop and dropped into the Drive folder are automatically uploaded and accessible from any browser. Drive can import and save files in a variety of formats, including PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Google Drive supplies the first 5 GB of storage space for free. The pay version costs $2.49 per month for 25 GB; $4.99 per month for 100 GB and $49.99 per month for 1 TB. Google Drive is a simple file storage that integrates well with Gmail, but offers no password protection for synced files.