Google’s lastly straightening out its legacy free G-Suite mess

Google’s finally straightening out its legacy free G-Suite mess


Nearly 5 months after Google introduced that it was going to make G-Suite legacy free version customers begin paying for his or her accounts, it appears to lastly have a path in place that most individuals will probably be proud of. Based on 9To5Google, there’s now a no-cost possibility that’ll let folks preserve utilizing their G-Suite accounts for private use, and signing up for it received’t contain a tune and dance of becoming a member of a waitlist or transferring knowledge between accounts.

In January, Google introduced that free G-Suite customers must begin paying for Google Workspace in the event that they wished to maintain their accounts, after round a decade of holding the legacy free tier round. The corporate mentioned that if customers didn’t resolve which paid Workspace tier they wished by Could 1st, they’d be robotically upgraded primarily based on their use. Later, Google mentioned you’d have the choice of transferring to a free account, however that you simply’d lose some options doing so. Now although, there’s going to be an possibility to simply preserve utilizing the service that’s open to individuals who aren’t utilizing it for enterprise functions, in response to a Google help doc.

Google’s rationalization of the non-public use path.
Picture: u/AB3DC on Reddit

The no-cost private use possibility will allow you to preserve utilizing a customized area with Gmail, use free Google apps like YouTube, Docs, and Meet, and preserve all of your knowledge and purchases. Mainly, every part’s going to remain the identical, so long as you select the no-cost private transition path by June twenty seventh. Yow will discover the directions on how to take action in the Google help doc, and Reddit consumer u/AB3DC has posted screenshots (one in all which you’ll see above) within the GSuiteLegacyMigration subreddit displaying what the method will appear like. Google does notice that “G Suite legacy free version doesn’t embody help,” and that it might “take away sure enterprise performance” from the plan sooner or later.

Personally, this “transition path,” as Google calls it, looks as if what ought to’ve been introduced within the first place. Lots of people weren’t terribly completely happy in regards to the earlier model of the plan, particularly those that weren’t a part of an organization, and had simply been utilizing G-Suite free as a result of it was possibility for energy customers on the time. For some time, it appeared like Google was going to make them pay for enterprise options they completely didn’t want.

It didn’t assist that, initially, folks’s choices had been both to begin paying up or export their knowledge and arrange a brand new commonplace account. In April Google moved the deadline again, and introduced that there could be a instrument to allow you to switch to a free account, however you needed to be part of a waitlist for that, and you’d’ve misplaced entry to the flexibility to make use of a customized area. To place it merely, it was nonetheless going to be form of a ache within the ass (as evidenced by the truth that there’s a complete subreddit devoted to discussing the transition). Now, it looks as if Google has bought it sorted: should you’re a enterprise, you’ll pay. If you happen to’re not, you don’t must.


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