Google announced the launch of new desktop application for Google Drive users, called Drive File Stream, now available to G Suite customers. It will replace the Google Drive desktop app which will be shut down next year.
Difference between the consumer application and the enterprise version is the option for administrative control. Drive File Stream settings are appearing today but won’t go into effect until Tuesday, September 26th, when the solution becomes generally available. The older Google Drive desktop software will be Backup and Sync, as an alternative to or in addition to the Drive File Stream enterprise software. Support for the current versions of the Google Drive apps will end on December 11th, with the apps shutting down completely on March 12th, 2018.
For the average customers Backup and Sync will be the ideal solution. It will also have cloud photo uploading support built in. Essentially, with Backup and Sync you’re picking and choosing what files and folders you’d like to backup, while retaining the option to sync a single folder on your computer. Everyone gets 15GB of space free. Drive File Stream, which is for Enterprise users, hosts all user’s files in the cloud. Any file can be accessed and modified in the cloud. When installed on a Mac or PC, Drive File Stream will be listed on computer as a drive.