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June 27, 2017


Tomorrow, June 28, users of Google’s G Suite cloud-based productivity apps will have a new option for backing up files and photos from their PCs and laptops. It’s called Back Up & Sync.

Announced last June 14, this new back up tool’s main purpose is to replace Google Drive for Mac/PC. However, Back Up & Sync won’t roll out automatically to business users with paid G Suite services such as Basic, Business, and Enterprise.

Instead, enterprise users will eventually have a separate, business-focused back up option called Drive File Stream. Currently available through an early adopter program, Drive File Stream is expected to launch later this year, according to Google.

Designed to give users the convenience and flexibility to have access to their files anywhere, anytime, Back Up & Sync will be rolled out over a period of a few days, starting from its launch date.

Google also mentioned that consumers who currently rely on the desktop sync client Google Drive for Mac/PC will be able to download Back Up & Sync to update their backup capabilities.

Currently, Google Drive for Mac/PC works by creating a desktop folder for syncing local files to the cloud. When users move a file to the Google Drive folder, that file is also automatically made available online, and any changes made to the desktop file will be reflected in the cloud-based version as well.

The Google Drive for Mac/PC client also integrates with Google’s Photos desktop uploader, providing the same cloud-based backup capabilities for images on local devices.

Google said enterprise users with paid G Suite services will be able to upgrade to Back Up & Sync if their organizations currently allow them to install Drive for Mac/PC on their computers.

Other business users, however, will have to wait until Google launches its new Drive File Stream services for enterprises later this year.



Photos from PCMag, Digital Trends, Venture Beat, The Verge, Google Blogspot, and JumpCloud 



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