Microsoft to stop updating One Drive on older operating systems
Written by: Nigel Howle

Microsoft  is advising customers to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11 as it plans to stop updating One Drive on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

First launched in August 2007, OneDrive is a file hosting and synchronisation service operating by Microsoft as part of its web version of Office. It enables Microsoft customers to access their files from the cloud on all their devices, from anywhere.

Microsoft say the move will ensure that the company focuses its resources on new technologies and OS, providing users with the most up-to-date and secure experience.

The OneDrive desktop app running on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems will also stop syncing files to the cloud from March 1, 2022.

If devices don’t meet the Windows 10 or Windows 11 upgrade requirements, Microsoft say users can still back up their files to the cloud by manually uploading them to OneDrive on the web.

It is not surprising to see Microsoft announce the end of support for OneDrive desktop app on older operating systems as it  wants to push users to newer operating systems.

If you want to upgrade to Windows 11 and need support, UK Business IT is here to support you.

Windows 11 began its roll-out on October 5.

This means that, in an ever changing world, Windows 10 will be slowly phased out, with Microsoft ending support in 2025.

Windows 11 brings a brand-new, more Mac-like interface to the OS. It features a clean design with rounded corners and pastel shades. The start menu moves to the centre of the screen along with the taskbar, however, if you prefer them on the left, as now, you can move them back.


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