Google Drive and Photos Apps for Windows/Mac End-of-Life

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This article will explain the replacement of Google’s Drive and photos apps for Windows and Mac end of life in March 2018 and their replacement with Google’s new Backup Sync and Drive File Stream.

Introduction:

In late 2017, Google announced that it would be discontinuing its Google Drive and Photos Apps for both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac. Support for these apps has already ended as of December 11th, 2017, and they will no longer function as of the cut-off date of March 12th, 2018. Don’t panic! They are being replaced and there is still time to migrate!
 

What is Google’s Drive and Photos being replaced with?

The Cloud side of the storage will still be intact, but the apps will be replaced with Google’s new free Utility “Backup & Sync”, which allows you to back up your entire computer or just selected folders. Google’s “Backup and Sync” has been available for download since July 2017.
You can check out the Getting Started Guide.
 
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For those businesses using Google’s G suite productivity tools for employees, Google will also have its new desktop application tool named “Drive File Stream” which allows quick access to Google Drive files on demand without using up hard drive space or the need for syncing files.
 

What does Triella Recommend for Businesses?

Although Google Drive and Backup and Sync may be ideal solutions for personal consumer end computer users, Triella recommends more suitable Cloud and Backup solutions for business environments such as Citrix ShareFile or Private Cloud for file storage and Datto for business grade backup and business continuity.
 
 
Paul Comtois is a Client Support Specialist at Triella, a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Paul can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
© 2018 by Triella Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction with credit is permitted.
 

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