Microsoft is attempting to get more consumers to upgrade to newer versions of Windows. According to a source, Microsoft has warned that the OneDrive desktop program would stop synchronizing with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 machines on March 1, 2022. The program will no longer get upgrades after January 1. You may still manually move files over the internet, but this is plainly difficult if you routinely access cloud data from an outdated PC.
Business clients won’t get many discounts. For the computers affected, Microsoft ties OneDrive commercial support with the Windows cycle. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 in the office will have until January 10, 2023 (the end of extended support for both systems), although Windows 8 users have already lost their chance. The corporation was unafraid to explain its rationale.
This will allow for “resource concentration” on new platforms. The corporation did not hold back in presenting its case. According to OneDrive’s creators, this will allow them to “concentrate resources” on new Windows platforms and technologies. To put it another way, Microsoft wants you to update to Windows 10 or Windows 11 as soon as possible. This is hardly a wholly unexpected choice. Microsoft has long battled to convince certain customers to update to newer versions of Windows, to the point that enterprises and governments would rather pay for special maintenance contracts than the upgrade.
Of course, this is bad for Microsoft’s business line, but it also creates a security issue because WannaCry exploited firms using older versions of Windows. Even if they are OK with an older operating system, the new OneDrive policy may require some users to update to the most recent versions of Windows.