Microsoft has announced that it will no longer provide updates for the OneDrive personal desktop app. This applies to Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 operating systems. The change will take place as of January 1, 2022.
The company has confirmed that the OneDrive app will stop syncing files with the cloud for these operating systems from March 1, 2022. Microsoft has said Windows 8.1 will be supported until January 10, 2023. It should be noted that point out that when Windows 8.1 was released, one of the defining features of the operating system was OneDrive integration.
In addition to this, it is said that Microsoft may end support for some features as we approach the end of support for the Windows 8.1 platform. On the other hand, support for Windows 8 already ended in 2016, a few years after the launch of Windows 8.1. Support for Windows 7 ended in 2020, but the company allows businesses to pay for extended security updates until September 10, 2023.
If you’re not clear about the OneDrive app, this is a sync client that helps you save your files to the cloud. When you click “Save As” and choose to save to OneDrive, your system uses the OneDrive desktop app to do the same.
Additionally, Microsoft slowly ending support for older Windows versions may force users to find an alternative to the OneDrive app. For those users who have been affected by this change, there are a few solutions they can try. Users can use the OneDrive web app, which will allow them to manually upload and download files.
One can also install Windows 10 which will be supported until October 2025. Apart from that, users can also use another third party cloud storage provider to save their files online.