Google Drive Desktop App to Shut Down in March 2018 in Favor of Backup and Sync, Drive File Stream

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Google has said that the launch of new Google Drive Desktop App users, called Drive File Stream, which is now available to G Suite clients. The app will serve as a replacement for the Google Drive that will be shut down for good next year, a far enough date to give enterprise clients lot of time to make the shift.

Google says that you will now find the settings for Drive File Stream in the Admin comfort via Apps -> G Suite -> Drive and Docs -> Data Access. The settings won’t go into effect until September 26 when Drive File Stream becomes generally available. With this launch, Google announces that Drive for Mac/ PC is currently criticized and will no longer be supported starting on December 11, 2017 and the app will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018.
Users who are still running the Google Drive Desktop App will start seeing notices in October that it’s going away, and the business will navigate clients near one of two alternatives depending on whether they’re a consumer or business user. Google Drive desktop app the service isn’t going anywhere. You can still access it from the web, smartphone apps

Google has two alternative tools that it wants you to use to replace your Google Drive Desktop App. The first is called Backup and Sync, which is basically your Google Drive and Google Photos wrapped in one neat and storage-efficient service. This tool, which rolled out to Mac and Windows users back in July, lets users choose files that they want to backup instead of having to place them inside the Drive folder.

If you upload pictures via Google Drive desktop app, it counts against your space, but if you upload them to Pictures, it doesn’t. At the same time, PC backups are now a more automatic process. Individually, as we method Apple’s September 12 occasion where it is likely that the giant will globally roll out Mac OS 10.3 Significant Sierra, Google has commenced rolling out edition 3.36 for Google Push for Mac that contains leadership for Significant Sierra and the new Apple File Program.

Backup and Sync doesn’t support Google’s collaborative Team Drives, but it can be used along with Drive File Stream to sync other folders with Drive, like Documents and Desktop. However, it shares some features with File Stream, too. The launch news arrived alongside some instability for the Google Drive desktop app cloud service on 8th September. Both Drive and Google Classroom were suffering outages that morning in the latter likely related to its use of Drive for saving attachments. After a couple of hours, the issues were resolved.

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