A few weeks back, Google announced that it will drop off its G suite legacy free edition plan starting July 1, 2022. However, after facing criticism from netizens, the company has introduced the Workspace Essential Starter plan which will available as a free plan when users sign up with their work email or business email.
Google believes that its Workspace Essential Starter Edition offers Workspace users a trial before they make the decision to migrate
Though the recent offering from Google doesn’t offer access to Gmail services, you can still access its productivity tools like Google Sheets, Docs and Slides, Google Drive (up to 15 GB storage limit), video conferencing app Google Meet (can have max 100 members in the meeting with a max duration of 60 mins), and Google Chat (where the team members can communicate actively).
Additionally, the launch of Workspace Essential also signifies that the company will no longer accept new online signups for the original essentials plan which was announced back in May 2020.
Kelly Waldher, Vice President of Marketing for Google Workspace said that the new Google Workspace Essentials Starter Edition is a no-cost solution for businesses looking to improve their teamwork and unleash innovation with secure-by-design collaboration.
He further says that Essential Starter can help employees and their teams to eliminate the divisions and work together efficiently even while their organization still depends on legacy production tools not suitable for hybrid work culture.
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