Google’s file sync offerings under its Drive service can get a bit complicated, especially if you’re a regular customer who relies on Backup and Sync for personal use and then has to manage Drive File Stream at work. It could also get messy if an organization used both solutions at the same time.
Thankfully, the company is streamlining things with Drive for desktop, a recent relabelling of the enterprise-focused Drive File Stream, in an effort to reduce confusion for all Google Drive users around which app to use on desktop. Google notes that IT admins and business end users won’t be impacted by this change and that it’s launched a beta for the new unified client that will combine the ‘best and most used features’ of Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync.
Later this year, Drive for desktop will allow backing up media to Google Photos, local folder sync, and multi-account access.
Click here for the full list of features that’ll come to Drive for desktop.
Google Drive for desktop will also be rolling out to regular users on PC later this year as a replacement for Backup and Sync. Consequently, they’d need to manually transition to the new unified client as Google retires its current consumer offering.
The company says it will give IT admins and end users three months’ notice before the deadline to transition to Drive for desktop. It will share more details on consumer timelines closer to availability.