Microsoft has announced that OneDrive, its cloud storage service, will no longer work as it has until now in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. As reported by Microsoft, from January 2022, OneDrive will stop receiving updates to later, in March 2022, stop synchronizing files with the cloud.
Microsoft explains that the purpose of this cut in functions is to “focus resources on new technologies and operating systems”, in addition to “offering users the most updated and secure experience”.
OneDrive will stop working
The “death” of OneDrive on older Microsoft operating systems will occur in two phases. The first will take place on January 1, 2022, when the desktop app will stop receiving updates. The second will be on March 1, 2022, when the app will stop syncing files to the cloud.
Thus, OneDrive will stop receiving new features and, in addition, the user will be forced to upload files manually and access them via the web.
For those users who have OneDrive for Business, from January 1, 2022 support for the desktop app will be aligned with the Windows lifecycle. That is January 10, 2023, for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (which are in extended support). Windows 8, however, stopped support on January 12, 2016.
Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10 or Windows 11 as soon as possible, but for computers that do not meet the hardware requirements there is no choice: the only way to upload, access, and manage OneDrive files will be through the web.
According to Statcounter, 81.44% of users have Windows 10 installed on their computers. However, Windows 7, Windows 8, and 8.1 still have a significant presence of 13.56%, 1.07%, and 3.17%, respectively.
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