Is It Goodbye, Google Drive?
Last 7 September, more than 7,000 Google Drive users experienced disruption. Users have reported issues like the app was not loading, inability to access files, and failure synching. This was the second major outage since January.
After 2 days, Google announced File Stream for G Suite customers. It is a new desktop application just like Google Drive but better Google claimed. It allows you to access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer. But since they are in the cloud, you don’t use your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync.
The announcement signals the deprecation of the Google Drive for Mac/PC. The app will still be around but its support will end on 11 December 2017 and will shut down completely on 12 March 2018.
But what about those who are not G Suite users? We have the Backup and Sync app instead. This will replace the consumer version of Google Drive. Backup and Sync is an already-available app that does what it says plus photos. Again, data’s not going anywhere.
Google said that G Suite users may start seeing messages in the product notifying them that Drive for Mac/PC will be gone as of an unspecified day in October.