Over the years, Google's productivity suite has had many names. What started as Google Apps and is now known as. Over the same time frame, the company has offered just as many ways to access that software, announcing new subscription plans while eliminating older ones. It now plans to sunset a level that had survived the suite's recent rebranding.
In an email seen by , the company told Workspace administrators that it will not offer the G Suite legacy free edition from. The company plans to transfer these users to paid accounts from May 1st. Google says it will automatically select a subscription plan for users who do not select one on their own in early May, and notes that it will look at their current usage when making the decision. Any individual or organization that the company migrates to a paid subscription plan will not automatically be billed for at least two months. However, the company says it will suspend accounts for individuals and organizations that do not enter their billing information by July 1st.
Business and enterprise Workspace accounts start at $ 6 per month. user. The company will offer "deep" discounts to those affected by the decision. To be clear, if you use Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and other apps through a free Google Account, you will not be affected by the move. What's more, Google will continue to offer free Workspace plans to and schools that qualify for it. That does not change with today's announcement, and organizations with older G Suite Basic, Business, Education, or Nonprofit subscriptions do not have to worry about a potential surprise bill either.
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