G Suite is a collection of business-based products, such as Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and so on, offered by Google through a monthly subscription platform to streamline your business. But what is the difference between it and the free programs?
What is G Suite?
G Suite-known as Google Apps for Work is a software service (SaaS) product that groups all cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools developed by Google for business, institutes and nonprofit organizations. Included with each subscription, you get access to custom Gmail addresses, Docs, Sheets, Presentations, Calendar, Drive, Websites, and more.
What is the difference between G Suite and Free Google Apps?
It seems that many of the same Google apps are available for free, but there are some important features that help G Suite integrate with your business.
While most of these products are free for everyone, G Suite adds corporate-level features to its subscribers. Some of these features include shared calendars, voluntary unlimited cloud storage, advanced administrator controls, such as adding and deleting users, two-step verification, and simple sign-in tools and simple data transfer tools to transfer all your company's valuable data to G Suite. Plus, G Suite comes with mobile device management so you enable / disable mobile devices, control which apps are enabled and remotely if the employee goes with a business entity.
In addition to all the already great features G Suite also has its own email addresses for your domain. So, for example, unlike a regular Google Account, which uses "@ gmail.com" when signing up for G Suite, each user's email includes your domain and looks like "firstname.lastname@example.org."
Note! You must already own and verify the domain you are registering to use it with G Suite.
And don't worry if you already use Outlook, Yahoo or other email exchange servers. With G Suite you can use the data migration tool to transfer all your email messages, calendar and contacts directly import everything with ease.
How much does G Suite cost?
Before December 6, 2012, Google offered a free standard edition of G Suite with reduced functionality, which has become the grandfather of anyone who signed up and registered the domain before the interruption. Now the price depends on how many users there are in your company that will use the service, where each tier offers more features and storage than the previous version.
There are three versions available for both small and large companies:  Basics: 30GB shared memory across Drive and Gmail for each user. Includes all of Google's productivity programs but lacks Cloud Search (the ability to search the entire company's content in G Suite), App Maker (build custom apps for your business) and Vault (data retention and eDiscovery for G Suite). Basic costs $ 6 / user / month.
If you manage an institution or are responsible for your institute's IT decision making, you can get G Suite Education for teachers and students. G Suite Education has two versions for your institute:
- G Suite for Education: Contains all productivity tools just like G Suite Basic but with additional storage for websites, device and Gmail and free access to Google Vault. G Suite for Education is and will always be free.
- G Suite Enterprise for Education: Offers additional opportunities for large institutions, with additional business class capabilities. Includes advanced controls, improved analysis and search, and top quality communication tools. Enterprise for Education costs $ 4 / user / month for teachers and staff and $ 4 / user / month for students.
For institutions that purchase licenses for all faculties and staff 2018 or 2019, there is a special introductory price that drastically reduces costs
- $ 2 / user / month for teachers and staff
- Free for eligible students
Note: The introductory price is available for customers who buy the product in 2018 or 2019. Renewals are honored over a three-year period from the time the original contract was signed, as long as the terms of the initial offer are fulfilled.
Although a non-profit organization, Google offers another free version for eligible non-profit organizations that have the same functionality and functionality as the G Suite Basic release and are almost identical to the G Suite for Education.
How do I get started?
As mentioned earlier, there are different versions of G Suite to choose from, each providing slightly different functions depending on which one you choose.
To get started with G Suite, decide what to use for it and choose one of the many options that best suit your business / institutional needs.
For the first time, Google gives a new sweet G Suite 14-day trial to see if it fits all your business suite needs.
All you have to do is go through the standard writing process – which requires you to enter your credit card information – activate your account and verify your domain. Then, before the trial period ends, if you no longer want to use the G Suite, just quit your membership. By default, the free 14-day trial is enabled for all new accounts.
If you like G Suite and want to continue using it, do nothing. Your credit card will be charged depending on which version of G Suite you chose.