The Google Drive desktop client is being replaced by Google Drive File Stream, effective May 12th

To:         Smith Community
From:   Office of Smith IT

We’re pleased to announce Drive File Stream, the replacement application for your Mac or PC for people using the desktop application of Google Drive. Use Drive File Stream to access all your Google Drive files from your computer while using less disk space and decreasing sync time. Those of you that were already using the old Google Drive client should have been getting prompts asking you to upgrade to File Stream as the old client will be disabled by Google on May 12th, 2018.

If you’ve never installed the Google Drive client and only use your web browser to access documents stored in Google, then you can disregard this announcement unless you’d like to start using File Stream.

How does it work?

With Drive File Stream, you can:

  • Quickly see all your Google Drive files in Finder/Explorer (including Team Drives).
  • Browse and organize Google Drive files without downloading all of them to your computer.
  • Choose which files or folders you’d like to make available offline.
  • Open files in common apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

How do I get started?

You can visit the Smoogle File Stream site we have created at smoogle.rhsmith.umd.edu/filestream for information and installation instructions or go to the Google Drive Help Center.

Note: We strongly recommend against using Google Backup & Sync as that is an application aimed at consumer level Gmail accounts and does not provide access to any Team Drives you may be using.

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