Google Drive support for Windows XP and Windows Vista to be cut

Google to drop Drive support for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 from 1 January 2017

| 3rd Nov 16

Google has announced that it is terminating support for its Drive desktop app on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 from 1 January 2017.

The move was widely expected given Google ended Chrome support for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Apple Mac OS X 10.8 in April of this year.

According to Windows Report,  more than 9% of the total Windows PC population uses XP – a figure that includes numerous charities, but given the termination of further security  patches and update releases for the OS, it was inevitable for software companies to drop support for their apps on an outdated OS.

A statement by Google said: “Today, we’re announcing that on January 1, 2017 we will discontinue support for the Google Drive desktop app on Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003 since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft.

“The Google Drive desktop app will continue to function on these platforms, but will not be actively tested and maintained. If you are still on one of these unsupported platforms, we encourage you to move to a newer version of Windows to continue using Google Drive desktop app.”

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