Lately, Google announced that the company will be dropping off its G suite legacy free edition plan starting July 1, 2022.
Back in 2020, G suite became Google Workspace as the company aimed to reorganize its apps for future work.
16 years ago, Google introduced Google Apps for businesses and schools and later discontinued in 2012. But, even after discontinuing, the company made no notable changes to the free accounts in the past decade till Google’s announcement earlier this week.
Google sent an email to administrators citing that the company will now transition all remaining users to an upgraded Google Workspace paid subscription based on your usage. And, now Google Workspace free plans will be available for Nonprofits and Education (Fundamentals).
Now, companies and individuals will have to pay for accessing the Google services (Gmail, Drive, Docs, etc.) and to use these services with their own custom domain.
Till May 1, users can pick up a new plan or else Google will choose a plan for them based on their current usage with G Suite legacy free edition.
One thing here users should note is that if they were automatically upgraded to a paid plan, Google won’t start billing at least for two months.
“Upgrading from your G Suite legacy free edition to Google Workspace will only take you a few short steps and is not disruptive to your end-users. To support you in this transition, you will have discount options for 12 months after July 1, 2022.”
Meanwhile, the plans start at $6/user/month and go up to $18/user/month. Also, small businesses can also upgrade to Workspace individual for $9.99/ month without a custom email address.
“After 60 days in suspension, you will no longer have access to Google Workspace core services, such as Gmail, Calendar, and Meet. You may still retain access to additional Google services, such as YouTube and Google Photos. Enter a valid form of payment to restore your suspended account.”
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