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What is G Suite and is it just Google Apps?

Posted by on Monday, December 5, 2016

The Name Game

What was Google Apps for Work, is now G Suite.

On September 29, 2016, Google announced the release of G Suite Basic & G Suite Business.

Apart from the name difference (read: Google Apps for Business, Google Drive for Work, Google Apps for Work vs GSuite), the pricing and overall offering remain intact.

Something that is especially relevant is Google has been actively making the suite better by focusing on teams through the use of machine learning. Some immediate improvement areas are organizing files, event planning, and adding natural questions into search and spreadsheets -pretty cool stuff!

In short, G Suite (aka Google Apps) continues to get better.

Wait, how exactly did G Suite get better over these past few years?

Google has enhanced its Apps Suite dramatically. Originally, Google’s core offering was Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sites, Groups, and Chat. In the past four years, Google introduced Google Plus which serves as a visually appealing internal and external community tool to share ideas and collaborate on projects. Google plus is also where Google introduced their video conferencing tool Google Hangouts. Today Hangouts have replaced Google Chat and have enabled seamless device agnostic messaging and video conferencing from any browser and any device. Even further, Google Apps users are given a personalized video conference link embedded into calendar events.

One of the newest members of the Google Apps suite is Vault which enables organization-wide administrative search and retention of mail data and on the record chats. This is a critical addition for administrators and enterprises with a strict policy on data retention. Additionally, this tool saves organizations substantial time, resources, and dollars if or when the organization is in the process of or is aware of an impending lawsuit.

In addition…

First of all, probably the most substantial application growth is that Google Docs has evolved into Google Drive. Drive is Google’s answer to offering web-based storage and real time editing as you create text files, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, and drawings.

Third party add-ons are available for creating and editing files in a variety of formats- for example, flowcharts, mind maps, and image manipulation. This is great if you have a specific feature or function that’s missing in Google Drive.

Another investment from Google was through acquiring QuickOffice in order to not only store any file type but work towards being able to seamlessly view and edit Microsoft Office files without needing additional software. Did we mention this was 100% accomplished through the web and requires practically no installs, updates, or patches? This technology has enabled Google Drive to view over 40 file formats directly on the web (no Microsoft needed). However, if you are a Microsoft User, you can actually store all files directly in Drive with this plug-in.

Nutshell Version 

G Suite Basic is $5 per user/ per month. G Suite Business is $10 per user per month with the added incentive of unlimited storage, advanced Admin controls, and Vault. As a result, here’s the breakdown of what you get:

G Suite Basic


per user per month

or $50 per user per year plus tax

G Suite Business


per user per month

or $120 per user per year plus tax

  • Business email addresses ([email protected])
  • Video and voice calls
  • Integrated online calendars
  • 30GB of online storage for file syncing and sharing
  • Online text documents, spreadsheets, and slides
  • Easy to create project sites
  • Security and admin controls
  • 24/7 phone and email support
Everything in G Suite basic plus:

  • Unlimited Storage (or 1TB per user if fewer than 5 users)
  • Advanced admin controls for Drive
  • Audit and reporting insights for Drive content and sharing
  • Google Vault for eDiscovery covering emails, chats, docs and files
  • Easily search and export to different formats
  • Archive all emails sent by your company
  • Set message retention policies
  • Place and enforce litigation holds on inboxes

Still confused, check out this page designed by Google that is dedicated to the name change.

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