Microsoft is trying to push more people to new versions of Windows. As Thurott reports, Microsoft has warned that the OneDrive desktop app will stop syncing with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 personal computers on March 1, 2022. The software will no longer receive updates as of January 1. You can still use the web to manually transfer files, but that’s clearly a problem if you regularly access cloud files from an older PC.
Professional clients won’t have much respite either. Microsoft is associating support for OneDrive for Business with the Windows cycle for affected machines. Windows 7 and 8.1 users in the workplace will have until January 10, 2023 (end of extended support for both platforms), while Windows 8 users are already out of luck.
The company did not hesitate to reason. This will help “focus resources” on new Windows platforms and technologies, according to the developers of OneDrive. In other words, Microsoft really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11.
This is not a completely unexpected move. Microsoft has long struggled to persuade some customers to upgrade to newer versions of Windows, so much so that businesses and governments prefer to pay for special support contracts rather than the update. This hurts Microsoft’s bottom line, of course, but it also poses security risks – WannaCry has taken advantage of organizations running outdated Windows versions. The new OneDrive policy may cause some users to install new versions of Windows even if they are otherwise happy with an older operating system.
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