12 Sep 2017

Google Drive Desktop App is Going Away. Here are 5 Things You Need To Know

Google recently announced that their PC and Mac desktop app for Google Drive was going away which gave me a heart attack. 

The good news is that there is an alternative to it with two options. 
Here is all you need to know about it:

1.Come December 11th, Google will cut off support for its Google Drive Desktop App and shut it down completely on March 12th, 2018. 

2. Users have two options available as alternatives which are the Drive File Stream for G Suite Users and Backup and Sync for regular users.

3. Drive File Stream, is an app that will allow for quicker, more streamlined access to their files and also the ability to choose which ones are made available 

4. Backup and Sync has the same features as the Google Drive desktop app that most users currently access on a regular basis, but with an added photo capability as well.

5. Google's Drive service is not going anywhere at all. No, it's not.
If you access your Drive storage from your web browser (like me), nothing will happen to your files. But if you use the Desktop app (ie. you don't really access your files using a browser) then you have to make the switch sooner than later. Drive users will get a popup notification sometime in October ahead of time.

Google seems to be upping their online cloud storage game with the hope of more customers storing their data with them instead.