Microsoft to End OneDrive Updates to Windows 7 & 8 in Q1 2022

Published · Nov 09, 2021

Microsoft announced that, starting on March 1st, 2022, Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users will lose access to two central features. The company says this would allow it to put more resources toward improving utility on newer OS and providing better user experiences.

Microsoft OneDrive is one of the foremost cloud storage solutions on the market, a favorite of businesses and individuals everywhere. Starting March 1st, 2022, users on old systems will no longer be able to sync their content to the cloud.

Versions of OneDrive running on old systems will also cease to receive updates. That said, people can still access files saved on this storage platform.

If needed, users without access to Windows 10 or 11 can back up their files by uploading them to OneDrive.

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This news shouldn’t come as a surprise.

It’s common practice for services to end support for older systems as they focus their attention on newer ones. As cloud storage solutions go, OneDrive offers excellent utility for team tasks.

As such, many individuals might use the workarounds mentioned above for the time being. Businesses, however, are more likely to rush to make sure their operating systems are up to date. 

Solutions like cloud storage and cloud backup are vital in a highly digital age. They make remote work easy by allowing teams and individuals to share data across multiple devices worldwide. They also provide protection against cyberattacks and potential retrieval in the event of a ransomware attack, which have affected roughly 54% of US companies.

Microsoft has announced that it will no longer support Windows 10 in 2025. However, by that point, Windows 12 will almost certainly be the talk of the internet.

Garan van Rensburg
Garan van Rensburg

Garan is a writer interested in how tech reshapes the environment, and how the environment reshapes tech. You'll usually find him inoculating against future shock and arguing with bots.