Google Drive is Dying Kinda

first_img Google, long known for their perplexing software decisions (yes, I’m still salty about the death of Google Reader), has decided it will no longer support the Google Drive app for PC and Mac computers. In a blog post, the company said that official patches and support would end on December 11 and the app would be completely shut off in Mid-March of 2018.Starting next month, users will be given regular updates so that they can make the appropriate adjustments. If, like me, you saw that and panicked, don’t worry. Your actual files will still be there, and the service itself will work, more or less like it always has. But, the company is essentially breaking their app into two — one for average users and another for enterprise or power users.Folks like you and me will have “Backup and Sync,” a rather long name for a simple app. It will replace Drive as we know it, as well as the Google Photos uploader. It’ll look a little different and have some other tweaks. It won’t work with NAS storage, for example, but it will continue to provide lots of cross-platform support, continuing to bridge programs like Google Docs and MS Office.Those who use G Suite, like many schools and businesses will now have Google Drive Stream. It’s a bit more robust, at least when it comes to collaborative tools. It’s better-geared for consistent internet connections. This saves space on your workstation (many of which come with relatively limited storage) and instead has deeper integration with Google’s cloud services.“Say goodbye to time-consuming file syncing and any concerns about disk space,” the blog reads. “With Drive File Stream, all your files are always ready for you and your colleagues.”I know most probably won’t care too much, but I’ve always appreciated minimalism, especially with tech. It’s hard enough for me to keep all the files on my PC organized, much less backed up, and having to switching a bunch of things for no real benefit on my end is a little bizarre. Or, maybe, I’ve just hit that point, and I don’t tolerate change like I used. Am I out of touch?No… in the words of Principal Skinner, “it’s the children who are wrong.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation last_img

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