Microsoft OneDrive Support is Ending for Older Windows and PCs. Sooner or later, OneDrive will end its support for Many PCs running older versions of windows starting early next year, Microsoft recently announced it on its blog.
The change is expected to impact windows 7, 8, and 8.1 on personal computers, The company says, though the discontinuation is expected to place in two phases, with the first kicking off taking place on January 1st.
Microsoft OneDrive Support is Ending for Older Windows and PCs
Starting this January 1, 2022, Microsoft would no longer be making OneDrive updates for updates for the cloud platform’s desktop apps on Personal computers. Well, the desktop application for business is expected to shift to “the windows support lifecycle,” meaning Windows 7 and 8.1 machines will be fine up until the starting 2023 (windows 8 support ended back in 2016.)
Fast-Forward a couple of months right after that change and Microsoft says users that continue to run one of these older versions of Windows on their PC would not be able to sync their files with OneDrive using the desktop application. That change is expected to arrive on March 1, 2022, forcing all the users to upload their files to the cloud making use of their OneDrive via a web browser.
Windows 11 Launch
This change, Microsoft explains, will allow the company to focus resources on the new technologies and operating systems,” as well as helping us keep users secure. The company just made Windows 11 available to their users, although it launch was controversial due to the TPM 2.0 minimum specs requirement.
Microsoft addressed this by Publishing a document that explains how to enable TPM 2.0 on PCs, though not every computer has support for it.
This OneDrive change is expected to primarily impact all users that are still making use of windows on much older hardware, if the model is more than five years old, there’s a great chance that it does not offer support for Windows 11’s minimum requirements, although heading straight to windows 10 is still an option.