Google launches Drive File Stream to replace Google Drive on desktop

Google Drive for Mac and PC is being deprecated and will shut down next year

Google has announced a new desktop application called Drive File Stream to access Google Drive files on demand.

The new application streams a user's Drive files directly from the cloud to a Mac or PC, which Google hopes will free disk space and network bandwidth for companies.

The tech giant launched the Drive File Stream Admin console settings on 6 September and is looking to launch the software for end users on 26 September. Google claims that it will take up almost none of a user's hard drive space and they will spend less time waiting for files to sync.

Google also announced that Google Drive for Mac and PC is officially deprecated and will no longer be supported from 11 December 2017. It will shut down completely on 12 March 2018 too.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

The company highlighted that in addition to installing this new software, users can also upgrade to the new version of Drive for Mac and PC called Backup and Sync. This synchronises local files in a user's organisation to Drive on the web to make them available on all a company's devices.

If users run Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync on the same machine they will be asked if they want to stop syncing My Drive with Backup and Sync to save disk space.

Administrators can now choose a sync solution for their organisation and turn sync on too.

Last month, Google officially unveiled Android O, the eighth installment of Google's OS for mobiles. After much speculation, the name turned out to stand for Android Oreo, which Google announced at an event in New York. It will slowly be rolling out to Pixel and Nexus Google devices but there is no official timescale for it to arrive on other devices.

Image source: Bigstock

Featured Resources

Report: The State of Software Security

This annual report explores important trends in software security

Download now

A fast guide to finding your cloud solution

One size doesn't fit all in the cloud, so how do you find the best option for your business?

Download now

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Small & Medium Business Trends Report

Insights from 2,000+ business owners and leaders worldwide

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/mobile/28299/how-to-use-chromecast-without-wi-fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

5 Feb 2020
Visit/hardware/354723/coronavirus-starts-to-take-its-toll-on-the-tech-industry
Hardware

Coronavirus starts to take its toll on the tech industry

6 Feb 2020
Visit/security/34616/the-top-ten-password-cracking-techniques-used-by-hackers
Security

The top ten password-cracking techniques used by hackers

10 Feb 2020
Visit/operating-systems/microsoft-windows/354739/windows-7-bug-blocks-users-from-shutting-down-their-pcs
Microsoft Windows

Windows 7 bug blocks users from shutting down their PCs

10 Feb 2020