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What’s new: Launched to early adopters in March, Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync.
On September 26th, Drive File Stream became generally available to all G Suite customers, following a three-week period that allowed admins to adjust their preferred Drive File Stream settings ahead of the launch.
For more information on how to turn Drive File Stream on or off in your domain, check out the Help Center.
With this launch, Google Drive for Mac/PC (the old version of the Drive sync client) is officially deprecated. It will no longer be supported starting on December 11th, 2017, and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. We encourage G Suite customers to use Drive File Stream. As an alternative to or in addition to installing Drive File Stream, you can upgrade to the new version of Drive for Mac/PC, called Backup and Sync. Please note that this deprecation and shutdown has no impact on the Google Drive web and mobile applications.
A few important things to note:
- In October, Drive for Mac/PC users may start seeing messages in the product notifying them that Drive for Mac/PC is going away.
- If a user is running both Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync on the same machine, they’ll be prompted to stop syncing My Drive with Backup and Sync in order to save disk space.
- Team Drive editors won’t be able to edit their Team Drive files when they’re opened in Drive File Stream; they’ll only be able to view them. To edit these files, they’ll need to open them in Drive on the web.
Say goodbye to time-consuming file syncing and any concerns about disk space. With Drive File Stream, all your files are always ready for you and your colleagues.