Google Drive, the most popular cloud storage platform, is to be shut down. In a blog post today, Google has finally announced plans to entirely end support for the aging Google Drive desktop app.
Earlier in July, Google said that it’s replacing Drive with Backup and Sync, which allows users on devices like Windows PCs and MacBooks to easily gain access to files stored in the cloud without the need of lengthy sync processes. Now, the tech major is saying that it’ll stop supporting Drive on December 11 and shut it down completely on March 12, 2018.
Google will launch an all-compassing consumer app namely Backup and Sync replacing both the standalone Google Drive and Google Photos Uploader apps. It provides users with the same functionality as Drive and works much the same way.
For enterprises, the search giant has rolled out Drive File Streamer app, which saves space on the local drive while offering access to all of Google Drive files on demand right from a computer.
A major key difference between the consumer application and the enterprise version is the option for administrative control.
Starting today, IT departments will see the settings for Drive File Stream appear in the Admin Console for their G Suite version. Using settings, they can configure and distribute the solution for their domain, including disabling Google Update if they prefer manual updates, turning sync on, specifying how software is installed, and managing other settings.
Although the settings for Drive File Steam are appearing today, they won’t go into effect until September 26, when the solution becomes generally available. The launch of such settings indicates that Google Drive desktop app will no longer be supported beginning on December 11, 2017.
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It’s worth notable that users can opt for either the consumer-facing tool, Backup and Sync, as an alternative or Drive File Stream enterprise software.
To clarify, Google is only shutting down Google Drive app for PC and Mac, not the service itself. It means you can access the Drive service via web browsers. Also, mobile apps for Android and iOS will continue to work.
Have you already switched to Backup and Sync? Do you miss the old Google Drive desktop app? Or the new app is better? Share your thoughts on the demise of Google Drive app for Mac and Windows in the comments section below.