Cloud-based Storage - Google Drive Sync Client is Being Retired

Sep. 18, 2017

Cloud-based Storage - Google Drive Sync Client is Being Retired
Information Technology

In a recent announcement, Google stated they will discontinue support for the Google Drive sync application on Dec. 11, 2017, and will fully retire it on March 12, 2018. For those who use the Google Drive sync client, other solutions will need to be considered.

One option already provided to the community is Microsoft OneDrive. OneDrive is a university-wide cloud storage and sharing solution. As part of the Office 365 suite, OneDrive provides one-click access through Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and the other Office applications. Similar to Google Drive, OneDrive can be accessed directly from a web browser and offers an optional sync client for cross-device synchronization.

For online storage capacity, whereas Google provides 15 gigabytes of storage, OneDrive provides 50 gigabytes. OneDrive also provides a revision history feature. If a mistake is made to a document, OneDrive online retains a previous copy of the document.

If you are interested in moving from Google Drive to OneDrive, your content can be self-migrated using a few steps.

If you are interested in learning more or have any questions, please contact the Information Technology Service Desk at ext. 5995.

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