In November, Apple introduced the first Mac computers based on the Apple M1 ARM processor, and since then, developers have been actively updating their applications to provide native support for the new platform in their software. Google is reportedly working on adding support for Apple chips to the Google Drive File Stream service for computers, which will soon be renamed.
On January 22nd, 9to5Google announced that Drive File Stream would soon be renamed to Google Drive for desktop. At the same time, the service will continue to be included in the Workspace, which is intended for corporate users. Google Drive for desktop allows you not only to sync files and make backups (this functionality is included in the standard Google Drive), but also to connect different computers to a single cloud storage with the ability to exchange files between them. A companion document in the support section states that Google Drive for desktop does not currently support ARM-based computers and tablets. That is, this also applies to devices on Windows, such as Microsoft Surface Pro X. Fortunately, the update, which will implement native support for the Apple M1, will be released in April 2021. True, about the rest of the chips, for example, Microsoft SQ1, on which the Surface Pro X works, nothing was reported.
Google updated its other application, the Chrome browser, back in November, almost immediately after the release of computers to Apple Silicon. Even Google Drive for regular (non-corporate) users received native support for the Apple M1 on January 13th. So Google Drive for desktop at the moment remains one of the few services of the company that is not optimized for the new Apple hardware platform.
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