Google turned off desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now this kills them, and Drive to desktop returns • Register

Users of Google’s desktop cloud storage app backup and sync have 80 days to switch to a new client – Drive for desktop – to sync data to G -Cloud.

The ad giant on Monday announced the implementation of plans to replace its two desktop sync clients – Backup and Sync, and Drive File Stream – with a new client called Drive for desktop.

Readers may consider the debut of this software soon, given that in September 2017 Google discontinued a desktop client later called Google Drive, and created Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream as replacement applications.

When Google launched the two apps, it suggested that they make the lives of enterprise users easier. Stream Stream should be aimed at biz users, and Backup and Sync for all of us.

Google admits wrong. However, users continue to use both of its apps, so Google Drive for desktop is back replacing its counterpart.

“A number of our Google Workspace customers have used both synchronization solutions, which can be confusing to end users and challenging to manage an IT department,” the February announcement said. “To address this, we plan to consolidate this synchronization client by 2021, bringing the most used features of Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync to all of our users.”

Google’s notification that its plans have paid off set a tight timetable. Starting July 19, both apps “will support guided streaming to help users switch to Drive for desktop.”

On Aug. 18, users still using Backup and Sync will begin receiving in -product notifications prompting them to switch to Drive for desktop. And on October 1, Backup and Sync users will no longer be able to back up or sync. Data will not be deleted. October 1 is 80 days downstream of Google’s announcement of changes.

If you are wondering about the fate of Drive File Stream: it will be what will be known as Drive for desktop.

The beta version of Drive for desktop has been around for a while, so many administrators have time to start figuring out who’s running it and how to get them moving to the new app. Administrators are also spared from the need to upgrade Drive File Stream. As Google’s advice states:

But Google doesn’t really say when the feature will appear, or what features will appear. This will be easy to know, given that data is a pretty sensitive thing and not everything is in the cloud.

Google is notorious for killing products quickly and mercilessly. Resurrecting because the initial destruction didn’t work well is new. Innovative. ®


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