Microsoft begins to retire cloud services in Windows 7 and 8

Microsoft has announced the end of support for OneDrive in Windows versions 7 and 8 from 2022.

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Microsoft is already working on the complete migration to Windows 11, and announces the discontinuation of updates for the OneDrive desktop application in previous versions of the operating system as of January 1, 2022. With this, Windows 7, 8 and 8. 1 will no longer have a way to natively sync their files to the cloud from March 1, 2022.

This decision has been made “to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience.” The two phases will allow the user rate to begin to migrate towards the new solutions of the Redmond company.

OneDrive in manual mode

OneDrive is Microsoft’s personal and business cloud system, and allows users to automatically manage files from Windows as if it were just another folder in the operating system. Until December 31, 2021, users of versions prior to Windows 10 will be able to use this automatic solution, but the following year they will have to open a web browser to manage their copies.

It is important to note that the changes and deadlines mentioned above are only for personal OneDrive users. For business users of OneDrive on earlier versions of Windows, Microsoft notes that application support will align with the operating system support lifecycle beginning January 1, 2022, and will remain supported for another year.