Starting January 1, 2017, Google Drive software will be discontinued on the old operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003. This doesn’t mean that the application will no longer work on the mentioned OS, but the company recommends users to install a newer Windows version.
According to Google, the application will continue to function of Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003, but it will not be actively tested and maintained. Mainstream Support (it includes free incident support, warranty claims, design changes, fixes for security bugs and more) was retired for Windows XP in April 2009 and for Windows Server 2003 in July 2010, while Extended Support (security updates) was pulled five years later for each platform. As for Windows Vista, Mainstream Support was ended in April 2012 and Extended Support will continue until next year, being ended in the same month.
Vista currently owns around 1 percent market share, and we highly doubt that there are many users who have installed the Drive desktop app. Two other platforms that are no longer supported by Microsoft are Windows XP and Server 2003 and Google’s decision to stop releasing updates for its file storage and synchronization software is justified.
Since Google will no longer test new releases on the three platforms, the application will eventually fail to work and users will need to reinstall Google Drive’s latest released version for Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows Server 2003. The good news is that Vista’s extended support cycle will end in April, next year, and until then, Microsoft will continue to bring security updates on each Patch Tuesday.
When the official Google Drive desktop program will stop working, users will have the possibility to install third-party clients, to manage files, and a good example is MultiCloud, which has a free version. If you perform large file operations, it’s not recommendable to use the web version of Google Drive.