Last month, Drive File Stream was renamed “Google Drive for desktop”.
The application will be updated later this year
This name change is part of a broader move in 2021. Its goal is to integrate the current enterprise client with a consumer-focused Backup and Sync application that offers uploading Google images. Some Google Workspace users have implemented both synchronization solutions, which can be confusing for end users and challenging to manage IT departments. The app, formerly known as Drive File Stream, will be updated to also “back up photos and videos to Google Photos,” as well as upload an Apple Photos library and associated USB storage.
Other features include synchronizing local directories (Documents, Desktop, etc.) with Google drive and multi-account access. In the meantime, regular users will be able to sync individual files to My Drive for offline use, dark mode, and see some Microsoft Office and Outlook integrations. The changes start with renaming Drive File Stream from version 45. This is currently just a brand change and “all features will remain the same”, but the app will get a big update later this year, and then Backup and Sync users will also switch to the new version and for the desktop. This aggregation aims to simplify the IT deployment process and reduce confusion about which application to use. It will also “result in better performance for end users”.
Source: PC Press by pcpress.rs.
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