Microsoft stops OneDrive support for older Windows versions

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Microsoft announces that OneDrive will no longer be supported for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 as of March 2022. The ability to automatically sync local data to the cloud expires.

Moreover, OneDrive updates will become exclusive to Windows 10 and 11 users as of March 2022. While users of older versions retain access to OneDrive files, it will no longer be possible to automatically sync local data to the cloud, taking away one of OneDrive’s biggest spearheads.

Time for Windows 10 and 11

A spokesperson reasons that Microsoft wants to focus its energy on newer operating systems, thereby providing users with an up-to-date, secure experience. As illustrated by the news, OneDrive support for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 is not a part of that strategy. Microsoft recommends an update to Windows 10 or 11 to avoid potential problems with OneDrive.

The news follows not long after Microsoft halted Windows 7 support. Users who have not yet switched to Windows 10 are strongly advised to make the move. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 will be supported until 2025. While updating to Windows 11 logically has a longer shelf life, devices must first be eligible for doing so.