G Suite is a set of enterprise products like Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc. offered by Google through a monthly subscription platform to optimize your business. But what is the difference between it and free apps?

What is G Suite?

Additional business features for G Suite

G Suite, formerly known as Google Apps for Work, is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) product that brings together all of Google’s cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools for businesses, institutions, and nonprofits. With every subscription, you get access to custom Gmail addresses, documents, sheets, slides, calendar, drive, websites, and more.

What is the difference between G Suite and free Google Apps?

A Brief Overview of G Suite

It may seem like many Google apps are available for free, but there are a few key features that help G Suite integrate perfectly with your company.

While most of these products are free for everyone, G Suite adds enterprise-grade features for its subscribers. Some of these features include shared calendars, optional unlimited cloud storage, advanced admin controls like adding and removing users, two-step verification and single sign-on, and easy data migration tools to transfer all of your company’s valuable data to G Suite. , In addition, G Suite comes with mobile device management, allowing you to activate/deactivate mobile devices, control which apps are enabled, and wipe remotely if an employee is not using a company device.

In addition to all of these already great features, G Suite also comes with custom email addresses for your domain. So, for example, unlike a regular Google account that uses «@gmail.com», when you sign up for G Suite, each user’s email will contain your domain and look like «someone@yourdomain.com».

Note. To use with G Suite, you must already own and verify the domain you are registering for.

And don’t worry if you’re already using Outlook, Yahoo, or other email exchange servers. With G Suite, you can use the data migration tool to transfer all your emails, calendar, and contacts and directly import everything with ease.

How much does G Suite cost?

The cost of the three main versions of G Suite

Until December 6, 2012, Google offered a free, limited-functionality standard version of G Suite that was available to anyone who signed up and registered their domain prior to the shutdown. The price now depends on how many users in your company will use the service, with each tier offering more features and storage than the previous version.

Three versions are available for small and large businesses:

If you’re a school manager or an IT decision maker for your institution, you can get G Suite Education for faculty and students. G Suite Education has two versions for your institution:

Differences between G Suite Education and Basic

For institutions acquiring licenses for all faculty and staff in 2018 or 2019, there is a special introductory price that significantly reduces costs for both faculty and staff and students.

Note . The introductory price is available for customers who purchased the product in 2018 or 2019. Renewals are granted within a three-year period from the date of signing of the original contract, subject to compliance with the terms of the introductory offer.

And finally, if you run a nonprofit organization, Google offers another free nonprofit version that has the same functionality and features as G Suite Basic and is almost identical to G Suite for Education.

Differences between G Suite Education and Nonprofit

Note. You’ll need a Google Account for Nonprofits and make sure you’re the owner of the nonprofit domain you’ll be using to register.

How do I get started?

As mentioned earlier, there are different versions of G Suite to choose from, each providing slightly different features depending on which one you choose.

To get started using G Suite, determine what you will be using it for and choose one of the many options that best suits your company/institution’s needs.

Google is giving everyone who signs up for the first time a pretty nice 14-day trial of G Suite to see if it meets all your needs from the business suite.

Register and get 14 days free!

All you need to do is go through the standard registration process, which requires you to enter your credit card details, activate your account, and then verify your . Then, before the end of the trial period, if you no longer want to use G Suite, simply cancel your membership. By default, a free 14-day trial is enabled for all new accounts.

If you like G Suite and want to keep using it, don’t do anything. Your credit card will be charged based on the version of G Suite you choose.

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