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G Suite users can now use Drive File Stream

What’s changing: Launching to early adopters in March, Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that gives you access to all your Google Drive documents when you want, directly from your computer. That means you use almost no memory and spend less time waiting for documents to sync.


On September 26, G Suite customers were generally able to use Drive File Stream; followed by 3 months allowing admins to change some settings in Drive File Stream, before it was officially released.

For more details on how Drive File Stream works in their business, click here Help Center.



In this release, Google Drive for Mac/PC (old version of Drive sync client) is officially discontinued. Starting on 11/12/2017, it will no longer be supported and will be retired on 12/3/2018. Google encourages G Suite users to use Drive File Stream. You can upgrade Drive for Mac/PC to Backup and Sync as another option besides using Drive File Stream. It should be noted that terminating Drive for Mac/PC has no effect on Google Drive on the Web and mobile apps.


Some important notes:

  • In October, when using Drive for Mac/PC, customers will start seeing the discontinuation notice.
  • If users use both Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync on the same device, they will be encouraged to stop syncing My Drive with Backup and Sync to avoid wasting memory.
  • The Team Drive editor will not be able to edit documents in Team Drive when they are opened in Drive File Stream. They can only view these documents, to edit them the user will have to open Drive on the Web.


Now users won't have to waste time syncing documents or worry about consuming memory space. With Drive File Stream, you and your colleagues can access and work anytime.


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