At the end of the year, Google is going to discontinue with its G Suite Google Drive app which is currently available on desktops. This is going to be replaced with the Drive File Stream which is going to be made available to all the existing customers of G Suite. The company also announced that the new desktop application has already been made available to all the “early adopters”.
What this application does is that it allows the users to access their Google Drive files quickly and directly from their desktops. This means that the user does not need to access their hard drive storage to get their files and they will also utilize lesser time to sync their files.
Google has written that, “Starting today, you will see settings in the Admin console for Drive File Stream (located at Apps -> G Suite -> Drive and Docs -> Data Access).” The settings are going to go into effect from the 26th of September. This is also the date when the Drive File Stream is going to be made available to the public. Support is also going to be stopped for the apps that currently exist on the PC and Mac devices.
G Suites support is going to end on the 11th of December while it will completely shut down on the 12th of March next year. In order to urge users to shift to Drive File Stream, the company has said “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.”
G Suite has had more than 3 million paying business, which is something that CEO Sundar Pichai has also acknowledged. During the earnings call in January he said that, “G Suite achieved a significant new customer milestone last quarter.” He has also attributed the success to the fact that the platform can offer the users a “smart and secure cloud platform”.