New year, new OS: OneDrive support axed for old versions of Windows from 1 Jan 2022
It'll be 10 and 11 only if you want that personal file synchronisation action
Microsoft has reminded everyone that OneDrive is for the chop in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 by the end of the year.
The warning applies to personal users – support for business users "will be aligned with the Windows support lifecycle."
Destined for the axe is the personal version of the desktop application responsible for synchronising files with Microsoft's cloud storage.
Updates will cease beginning 1 January 2022 followed by the killing off of personal file synchronisation after 1 March 2022. A cynic might wonder if April's OneDrive for Business borkage was a dry run.
That support should be terminated for Windows 7, which breathed its last on 14 January 2020 (although enterprises can pay to keep the venerable operating system supplied with security patches for a few more years), is not surprising. Similarly, the end of support for Windows 8, which was thankfully taken around the back of the barn on 12 January 2016, is hardly a shock.
- Microsoft issues patch to Insiders to undo carnage caused by expired digital certificate in Windows 11
- Microsoft: Many workers are stuck on old computers and should probably upgrade
- Dynamics 365 facelift shows Microsoft trying to compete with the supply chain and process mining big dogs
- Microsoft rolls out $3-a-user Defender for small biz types
Windows 8.1, however, remains in extended support until 10 Jan 2023 – unlike the personal OneDrive desktop client for the operating system.
As for the why, Microsoft wants to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems "and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience."
"We recommend upgrading your operating system to either Windows 10 or Windows 11 to avoid disruption," said the company.
While the desktop sync client might be for the chopping block, web access will continue to work. Or customers could look elsewhere for their cloud storage needs. Dropbox, for example, currently offers a desktop app for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and 11 (although not in S mode). Box's sync client, however, only supports Windows 7 in Extended Security Update guise, and not Windows 8 or 8.1. ®
- Internet Explorer
- Microsoft 365
- Microsoft Build
- Microsoft Edge
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Surface
- Microsoft Teams
- Office 365
- Patch Tuesday
- SQL Server
- Visual Studio
- Visual Studio Code
- Windows 10
- Windows 11
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows Server
- Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2013
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows XP
- Xbox 360