Do you use Google Workspace? It may start costing you

Starting June 27, the G Suite legacy free edition will no longer be available for business owners. The company announced that users must upgrade to the Business edition before billing begins on Aug. 1 or their accounts will be disabled.

Details: Google Suite — which was rebranded as Google Workspace in 2020 — includes apps like Gmail, Calendar and Docs, which for as long as Google has been around have been offered for free.

  • Starting Monday, people who use the applications for business purposes will be automatically switched over to a business account.
  • Billing will begin on Aug. 1, when users will need to pay at least $6 monthly per business email address, according to The New York Times.

What they’re saying: Small business owners tell The New York Times that this is like a broken promise.

  • They’re basically strong-arming us to switch to something paid after they got us hooked on this free service,” said Richard J. Dalton Jr., a small business owner who has been using free Google products since 2008.

Can individuals still use it for free? Families and individuals can continue to use Google Workspace for noncommercial purposes for free,

The Verge reports that some educational and nonprofit organizations will still be allowed free use of Google products.

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