Update, 5/16: If you use your account for personal use, you can now opt out of the transition to Google Workspace from your admin account and continue using Legacy G Suite for free! You can read more here.
Google notes that businesses that opt out may still be removed from the Legacy program and transitioned to a paid plan.
Kudos to Google for allowing personal users to stay on, but it would be nice if they offered businesses an easier way to transition away from the service and still keep their app purchases and email archives.
Update, 1/28: Google has added an FAQ with a survey form to fill out (the link is viewable from the FAQ if signed into a G Suite Legacy account) if you’re using G Suite Legacy for personal use with 10 or fewer user accounts.
“Upgrading to a Google Workspace subscription is a seamless transition for all customers currently on the G Suite legacy free edition. However, we understand some customers may not use their G Suite legacy free edition for business and may be interested in other options. If you have 10 or fewer users in your group and do not use your G Suite legacy free edition for business, please complete the form below by April 1, 2022 if you’re interested in learning about different options for your account in the coming months.”
Originally posted on 1/19:
I’ve had a free legacy Google Apps/G Suite account since 2006, allowing me to use Gmail for custom email addresses at my domain name.
Google discontinued the free version a decade ago, but allowed legacy users to keep their free accounts.
Alas, all good things come to an end. Effective on 7/1/22, Google will kill off the legacy version of G Suite and start charging monthly fees for Google Workspace. If you don’t enter billing details before 7/1, your account will be suspended.
Google Workspace paid plans can be found here. I guess it’s time to start cutting back from the dozens of free email addresses at my domain, as that will cost a small fortune starting in July.
Are you affected by this change? Will you pay for Google Workspace starting in July?