Google announced Workspace Essentials Starter, a version of Workspace that has free access to basic productivity programs, without having to give up your Gmail email. The news is part of an effort by the company to bring business users to Workspace.
The new Workspace plan is free and has no paid version. In Essentials Starter the user will have access to Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Chat, Drive and Meet. If you don’t have a Gmail email, you can use other emails you have to sign up.
How does it work?
In addition to free access to online productivity programs, Workspace Essentials Starter has cloud storage. However, there is a 15GB limit, just like a regular Google account. In this plan, it is possible to have up to 25 members, but there is no limit to how many teams from an organization can apply. However, a downside here is the lack of support from Workspace.
G Suite will shut down completely in July
The announcement of the new Workspace plan comes just after the complete shutdown of the free version of G Suite. In July 2022 the company will end the free G Suite service.
Launch and availability
According to Google, “Essentials Starter is rolling out over a period of several weeks and may not be available in some regions until mid-February 2022.”
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