No more free subscriptions to Google Workspace for businesses and schools. Except for a few exceptions, the Docs, Meet, Sheets, Gmail and Calendar tools will become payable as of July for organizations.
Rest assured, Google has no plans (at this time) to make retail accounts chargeable. Some educational institutions and non-profit organizations Have (New window)Haveare also unaffected by this announcement. It is above all companies that will be targeted by this change of course by the Californian giant.
When Google Apps was launched in 2006 – renamed G Suite in 2016, then Workspace in 2020 – businesses and schools could subscribe to a free or paid subscription to access Gmail, Docs, Meet, Sheets, Calendar and many other applications .
However, the free subscription has not been offered since 2012, but Google had continued to honor its services at no cost to organizations subscribing to it.
The giant has decided that the time has come to end this grace period and asks users to upgrade their subscription by May 1. Otherwise, he will take care of choosing a paid plan based on the tools already used by the organization.
For many companies, this change is a hard blow to take, especially in the context of financial instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Monthly business plans retail for between $7.80 and $23.40 per user.
Subscriptions will be billed starting July 1 for accounts that have payment information. For others, they will be suspended for 60 days, after which Google will block access to core Workspace apps.