Monday, September 11, 2017

What's the deal with Google Drive and Google File Stream?

So, you've probably heard rumors going around that Google Drive is being replaced with something called Google Stream.

If you get nothing else from this post, know this: THIS CHANGE ONLY APPLIES TO THE DESKTOP CLIENT FOR PC AND MAC.  The online version of Google Drive, as well as iOS and Android Apps will continue to function as before. So, unless you're a user of the desktop client, nothing will change for you. Now, breathe a big sigh of relief, and go on with your life!

If you are a user of the desktop client, read on:

What do I need to know?
Google Drive File Stream has been in beta since March and has been in testing by early adopters. It launched to all GSuite Domains on Sept. 6, but won't be generally available  to all end users until Sept. 26.

If you have the old desktop client...
Support for the old desktop client will end on December 11, 2017 and functionality will be shut down completely on March 18, 2018. It's best to make the switch to the new File Stream client before December 11.

If you have an questions, please feel free to post in the comments below.

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