The Google Drive desktop app will stop supporting Windows 8 and 8.1, as well as the 32-bit version of Windows 10, this August. If you are a user of these operating systems, you should read the following changes:
- Sync and backup support is deprecated: As of August, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 32-bit users will no longer be able to use the Google Drive desktop app to sync files or create backups. However, they will be able to continue using Google Drive through a web browser if it supports their operating systems.
- The evolution of operating systems: Windows 8/8.1 is slowly but surely approaching the end of its life cycle. In January, Microsoft ended security updates and technical support for these legacy operating systems. In February, Google released a version of Chrome that no longer supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. Mozilla Firefox also plans to stop releasing security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 next year.
- Web Browser Experience: While the Google Drive desktop app will not be available, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 32-bit users will still be able to use Google Drive through a web browser. They will be able to upload, view and edit their files, share them and use other basic features of Google Drive.
- OS update recommendation: To get full access to Google Drive functionality, it is recommended to update your operating system to a supported version. This will ensure security, up-to-date updates, and the ability to use all the features of Google Drive without restrictions.
By following these guidelines, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 32-bit users can continue to use Google Drive without major hurdles, keeping their cloud storage safe and productive, concludes NIXSolutions.