On Thursday Google announced that it will end support for its Google Drive desktop app for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003 on January 1, 2017 as these platforms are no longer supported by Microsoft.
If you are still on one of these platforms, Google recommends to upgrade to a newer version of Windows to continue using Google Drive desktop app.
This means Google will continue updating Drive for users on these operating systems for a little more than two months. Starting next year, the app will still work, but it will not be actively tested nor maintained.
For Windows Vista, Mainstream Support ended on April 10, 2012, but Extended Support will continue until April 11, 2017. Mainstream Support includes free incident support, warranty claims, fixes for non-security as well as security bugs, plus design changes and feature requests. Extended Support consists solely of security updates.
Microsoft is thus still technically supporting Windows Vista for a few more months. That said, Vista only has around 1 percent market share, and chances are not many of those users also happen to have the Google Drive desktop app installed.
If you’re still on XP, Vista, or Server 2003, this is yet another reason to get the latest and greatest from Microsoft: Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. There’s really no good reason to be using decade-old operating systems.