Nearly 5 months after Google introduced that it was going to make G-Suite legacy free edition users start paying for his or her accounts, it appears to lastly have a path in place that most individuals shall be proud of. According to 9To5Google, there’s now a no-cost possibility that’ll let folks hold utilizing their G-Suite accounts for private use, and signing up for it gained’t contain a track and dance of becoming a member of a waitlist or transferring knowledge between accounts.
In January, Google announced that free G-Suite customers must begin paying for Google Workspace in the event that they needed to maintain their accounts, after around a decade of conserving the legacy free tier round. The corporate stated that if customers didn’t determine which paid Workspace tier they needed by Might 1st, they’d be mechanically upgraded based mostly on their use. Later, Google stated 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 only hold utilizing the service that’s open to individuals who aren’t utilizing it for enterprise functions, in accordance with a Google support document.
The no-cost private use possibility will allow you to hold utilizing a customized area with Gmail, use free Google apps like YouTube, Docs, and Meet, and hold all of your knowledge and purchases. Principally, every part’s going to remain the identical, so long as you select the no-cost private transition path by June twenty seventh. You could find the directions on how to take action in the Google support document, and Reddit consumer u/AB3DC has posted screenshots (considered one of which you’ll see above) within the GSuiteLegacyMigration subreddit displaying what the method will appear to be. Google does observe that “G Suite legacy free version doesn’t embrace help,” and that it could “take away sure enterprise performance” from the plan sooner or later.
Personally, this “transition path,” as Google calls it, looks like what ought to’ve been introduced within the first place. Lots of people weren’t terribly completely happy concerning 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 back, and introduced that there can be a instrument to allow you to switch to a free account, however you needed to be a part of a waitlist for that, and you’ll’ve misplaced entry to the power 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 an entire subreddit devoted to discussing the transition). Now, it looks like Google has received it sorted: in case you’re a enterprise, you’ll pay. In case you’re not, you don’t should.