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Google is launching a new desktop application to better handle your Google Drive files! Those on campus using the Google Drive desktop application may have already seen a notification about the coming Drive File Stream program. Drive File Stream essentially allows you to stream your Google Drive files to your desktop without actually downloading them. This will help ensure that you have the latest version of a document, and that you won't fill your hard drive! This new program does still have the option to download files for offline use.


Google is making this change because they are wanting to better support both their personal and their enterprise customers. As a university that uses the Google Suite we are considered enterprise customers. Drive File Stream is for institutions like us that have unlimited Google Drive storage capacity. By splitting the original Google Drive application into two programs, Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync, they are able to provide different functionality for different uses.


To learn more about Drive File Stream, please read the blog post by Google found here: https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2017/09/drive-file-stream-from-google.html


It is recommended that you download and install Drive File Stream if you are currently using Google Drive for desktop. If you need assistance with this process, please make a ticket or give us a call at (208) 467-8111.


Please note that support for Google Drive for Mac/PC will be ending ending on December 11th, 2017; Google Drive for Mac/PC to stop working on March 12, 2018.


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