Google Drive App for Windows and Mac To Shut Down in March 2018
When Google introduced us to the Google Backup and Sync app, we knew that days were numbered for the Google Drive app. The arrival of this new app meant that there were two apps doing the same thing, and that wouldn’t be the case for long. The days were numbered – and the date has arrived today. Google has announced that the Google Drive app for Windows and Mac users will shut down on 12th March, 2018.
Google Backup and Sync and Drive File Streamer to Take Over
While the aforementioned Google Backup and Sync app is for the regular consumers, Google had announced Drive File Streamer in March for enterprise users. This app is going to roll out for Windows and Mac users starting the 26th of September. For those wondering what the difference between the two is, we hope this image helps you better:
Moreover, the concept of Google Backup and Sync is to basically merge the Google Drive app and the Google Photos app in a better offering. The Google Drive File Streamer app is meant for business users. The streamer app allows the users to save space on their hard drive while providing access to all Google Drive files. The app ‘shutting down’ does not mean that the Google Drive service will stop functioning. The Google Drive can still be accessed via the website and the Android and iOS app as well as these new software options.
Starting next month, users of the Google Drive app for Windows and Mac will begin to get a notification that will let them know that the app will be ‘going away’ in March 2018. The users would then be advised to move on to the Backup and Sync app. Moreover, starting the 11th of December, Google will end support for the Google Drive app for Windows and Mac users. The app will finally be deemed ‘shut down’ starting the 12th of March, 2018.