Google announced last month that it plans to make free “legacy” G Suite accounts pay for a subscription by May 1st. The move surprised many G Suite users who had been using the service with custom domains, and Microsoft is now attempting to entice G Suite users to switch to Microsoft 365 with a 60 percent discount offer.
The attractive offer includes support for custom domains, Microsoft Teams access, Office apps, and OneDrive cloud storage that is available on Microsoft’s website.
“If you’re a small business that’s relied on G Suite legacy free edition, we couldn’t help but notice you might be in the market for a new solution, “We’ve got news for you: today, you can get a 60 percent discount on a 12-month Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard, or Business Premium subscription, along with the help you need to make the move.”Jared Spataro, Head of Microsoft 365
Microsoft is also including a year of Business Assist for Microsoft 355, which aids businesses in their migration to Microsoft 365. The offer is only available to G Suite legacy free edition users who buy a 12-month Microsoft 365 subscription before August 2nd, 2022. Meanwhile, Microsoft also plans to upgrade the copy & paste feature in Edge and Chrome in Windows 11.
However, some G Suite legacy users may want to wait for Google to release a new solution. Following the backlash, Google has stated that it will “provide an option for you to move your non-Google Workspace paid content and most of your data to a no-cost option.” We’re still waiting for Google to provide more information, but it appears that G Suite legacy users will be able to switch to a free Gmail account without premium features like custom email domains or multi-account management.
This should help relieve some concerns of those who have relied on their free G Suite accounts to host YouTube channels or end up making Google Play purchases. Others using the free G Suite option for family or business email accounts on a custom domain appear to have no choice but to start paying or migrate to competitors such as Microsoft 365.