For over a decade, G Suite was Google’s collection of professional productivity tools. With the way people work, so has G Suite. To mark this transformation, Google has renamed the service “Google Workspace”
What was G Suite?
Before we talk about Google Workspace, let’s take a look back at G Suite. The service was launched in 2006 so that companies can use Google’s services on their own domains for a monthly subscription.
Rather than managing their own network storage, email servers, and other miscellaneous tools, G Suite enabled companies to use Google’s suite of cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools as the backend for their business.
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The original tools included Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Google Page Creator. Over time it has been expanded to include Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Google Drive, Google Chat, and Meet.
All of these tools are available to consumers for free, but certain features are missing. G Suite customers get custom domain email addresses (@ gmail.com vs @ howtogeek.com), cloud storage, management tools, 24/7 customer support, and more.
What is Google Workspace?
Google Workspace continues the development of G Suite. In fact, it’s not even the first name change. The service was originally known as “Google Apps for Your Domain”. It was later simply renamed to “Google Apps” before finally being renamed to “G Suite” in 2016.
Google talked about how the name “G Suite” had the connotation of a very traditional work environment. When the concept of a workspace changed, it felt the name it took to bring up that shift.
Google Workspace is essentially the same service as G Suite. This is the culmination of several changes that Google made over the course of 2020. The individual tools are more deeply integrated with one another. Instead of switching between Gmail, Docs, Meet, etc., everything is available in one place.
Is Google Workspace free?
Google Workspace is not a free service, although all of the tools available in Workspace have free consumer versions. There are different pricing tiers to suit the needs of your business. At the time of writing, pricing breaks down as follows:
Everyone in the workspace gets at least one custom and secure business email address, video conferencing, cloud storage, and support. From there it depends on how big your company is and what advanced features you want.
Google Workspace is the natural evolution of G Suite. It offers the same tools and premium features for one price, with some additions added. If you’ve used G Suite in the past, Workspace offers the same experience.