Microsoft OneDrive is one of the cloud storage providers around the world; developed by the tech giant which comes preloaded on all the Windows Operating Systems.
Recently, the trillion-dollar company has issued a post; that revealed the end of the support for OneDrive on older versions of Windows. The tech giant has taken this measured step for a specific reason that helps them in a certain way.
Microsoft OneDrive Ends its Support on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1
The end of the support for OneDrive for the older versions of the Windows conveys that; the desktop application will not sync the files directly from the PC. This suggests that users cannot upload any files or sync anything from their systems directly to the cloud storage.
Furthermore, the tech giant will stop providing the updates from January 1st, 2022; the total support for the desktop applications is taken off from March 1, 2022.
Ankita Kirti from Microsoft in the announcement post said
To focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, also, to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience, beginning January 1, 2022, updates will no longer be provided for the OneDrive desktop application on your personal Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 devices.
Till the expiry date, users are suggested to update their systems to the latest versions of Windows.
Adding to that, the post says that users need to update their systems to Windows 10 or 11; which are the latest operating systems from Microsoft. On the other hand, users that don’t have support to update their PCs to the latest Windows software have a different way of using the application. The alternative method is using a web version of OneDrive to upload or access the files.
These kinds of restrictions from the tech giant are quite common that persuades users to update their system to the latest version instead of using the same old version of the operating system. The announced dates that end the support for OneDrive are applicable for both business and regular subscribers of the program.
However, Microsoft has already ended its support for Windows 8 since January 12, 2016. But, the support is still intact for Windows 7 and 8.1 which has even extended to January 10, 2023, as of now.