Google is discontinuing its Google Drive app for desktop by end of this year, and replacing it with the Drive File Stream that will be available to G Suite customers. Announcing the new development on the official Google blog, the search giant informed that Drive File Stream was a new desktop application that was already available to “early adopters”. It allows users to quickly access all Google Drive files on demand, directly from their computer, meaning they don’t use any of their hard drive storage, and also spend less time in syncing files. Also Read - PUBG New State: India release date, minimum requirements, major features, moreAlso Read - Now you will have to pay a processing fee for mobile recharges on PhonePe
“Starting today, you will see settings in the Admin console for Drive File Stream (located at Apps -> G Suite -> Drive and Docs -> Data Access),” Google wrote. These new settings go into effect on September 26, when Drive File Stream becomes available to the general public. This is a continuation of Google’s efforts that saw it launch a consolidated “Backup and Sync” desktop app for Google Drive and Google Photos, in June. Subsequently, it will end support for its existing apps on Mac and PC. ALSO READ: Google Drive to be reintroduced as Google Backup and Sync on June 28 Also Read - Google cuts Play Store fee to 15 percent for all subscription apps from 2022
For G Suite, Google will end support from December 11, and will shut it down completely by March 12, 2018. This means that current clients, especially institutional ones, have plenty of time to migrate to the new offering. “We encourage you to use Drive File Stream. As of today, Drive File Stream will be turned ON for all customers, but we ll only show download links in the Drive interface if you currently show them for Backup and Sync / Google Drive for Mac/PC,” Google stated. ALSO READ: Google Drive Backup and Sync lets you backup your entire computer: Here s how it works
Despite being a shadow of Microsoft’s productivity tools for work, G Suite has more than 3 million paying business, CEO Sundar Pichai had announced in the earnings call in January. “G Suite achieved a significant new customer milestone last quarter,” he said. Back in November 2015, when G Suite was known as Google Apps for Work, there were about 2 million paying businesses. Pichai had attributed G Suite s success particularly with enterprise customers to Google s ability to offer its users a “smart and secure cloud platform”.