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California based Google Launched Drive App

California based Google is simplifying how Drive users backup and sync their files. The company is rolling out the new Drive for the desktop app on Mac and Windows. Drive for the desktop will replace the Backup and Sync app which supplanted the Google Drive desktop app in 2018 as well as Drive File Stream, which is for business users.

Given that Google Workspace is now available to everyone, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have separate sync methods. According to California based Google, the new app combines the best parts of Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream.Users can upload and sync their photos and videos across Google Photos as well as Drive. There’s the option to sync external storage devices with the cloud as well. In addition, you’ll be able to mirror Drive files on your computer, with locally stored versions of files for faster access.

On top of that, you can sync local folders such as your desktop and documents. There’s also integration with Microsoft Outlook and Meet schedule, and you’ll be able to see who’s editing Microsoft Office files in real-time. Drive File Stream users won’t have to do much. California based Google renamed the app to Drive for desktop, and it will gain features from Backup and Sync in the coming months.

Google will prompt Backup and Sync users to switch over to Drive for desktop. From October 1st, Backup and Sync will stop working, so you’ll need to make the transition to keep backing up your files with Drive. Google’s notification that its plans have come to fruition sets a tight timetable. Starting on July 19, the two apps will support a guided flow to help users transition onto Drive for desktop.

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