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Microsoft offers a 60% discount to Google’s ‘legacy’ G Suite customers

A special offer for small businesses using Google’s legacy G Suite

Microsoft offers a 60% discount to Google's 'legacy' G Suite customers

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.

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