In August 2023, the cloud storage application Google Drive will stop working on all personal computers running some versions of Windows considered outdated, but still quite popular among users. Specifically, the app will no longer support 32-bit versions of Windows 8, 8.1, and Windows 10. With new versions of the Microsoft operating system, the application will work as before.
As The Verge informs, after the release of the August update, users of the listed versions of Windows will not be deprived of the opportunity to use the service. Google Drive will still be available to them in a web version format that can be opened in a browser.
Google Drive isn't the only service to end support for Windows 8 and 8.1. New versions of Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers also no longer work on older operating systems. Microsoft has also stopped releasing security patches for the two mentioned versions of its operating system as early as January 2023.
Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage clients in the world: files can be stored there instead of the computer's hard drive. Google Drive is also often used to back up photos and videos taken on Android smartphones.