Let’s be honest, the old Google Drive Backup & Sync option (which still exists) is unreliable. At least that has been my experience. It failed to sync hundreds of files and kept getting stuck and stepping on every time I turned on the PC. Google Drive File Stream is much more reliable and works by ‘streaming’ your files to you, not unlike a Chromebooks Files app. Google is now combining the two solutions to reduce confusion. My opinion is that they let File Stream devour Backup & Sync because it’s old news.
This is not to say that the ability to save your cloud files instead of streaming them to you will disappear. The term “unifying”
If you’re interested in previewing the beta version of Google Drive for Desktop, and you’re a Workspace user, you can complete this test program to try and access it before rolling it out to everyone later this year. The goal of this change is that IT departments no longer have to guess or figure out which solution a customer is using before offering them support – they will effectively be one at a time soon.
The new ‘Google Drive for Desktop’ as it is called, will take the best and most used features from both software and combine them into one, thus improving performance and adoption across the board. Backup & Sync user functionality and users are automatically transferred to the new Drive for Desktop when ready. When that time comes, Google will give organizations three months to go so they can prepare for the transition. To see a complete list of features that are taken from both and placed in the unified synchronization client, check out the list.
Essentials for the work area
G Suite Basic
G Business Suite
G Suite for education
Enterprise for Education
Nonprofit customers who currently have users with Backup and Sync distributed
The availability of beta for the single client