In today’s post I take a look at and provide an overview of Google’s Workspace, formerly known as G Suite, for communication and collaboration.
Please note, the described tools, services and subscriptions might be subject to change at any time.
What’s Google Workspace?
Google Workspace is a set of tools and services for productivity. It includes the following major cloud communication and collaboration capabilities:
- Gmail | Send and receive mails
- Calendar | Calendaring
- Meet | Interactive online meetings
- Chat | Chat and group messaging
- Drive | Store and share documents and files
- Docs | Create documents
- Sheet | Create spreadsheets
- Slides | Create presentations
- Forms | Create forms
- Sites | Create websites
- Keep | Notes and lists
- Apps Scrips | Automate and develop workspace scripts
- Currents | Enterprise social network
- Cloud Search | Workspace integrated search across enterprise files
Subscriptions and packages
Google Workspace is available in four packages on a per user/month price. There are offerings from small to large companies as follows:
- Subscription | main differentiations per user subscription package
- Business Starter | 30 GB cloud storage, video conferences for up to 100 attendees, mail, basic support
- Business Standard | 2 TB cloud storage, video conferences for up to 150 attendees and recording, mail, upgradable basic support
- Business Plus | 5 TB cloud storage, video conferences for up to 250 attendees incl. recording and attendee reports, mail, e-discovery and retention, advanced security and management features, upgradable basic support
- Enterprise | unlimited cloud storage, video conferences for up to 250 attendees (incl. recording, attendee reports, noise suppression, internal live streaming), mail, S/MIME for mails, e-discovery and retention, advanced security, compliance, data loss prevention and management features, premium support
Conclusion, opinion and summary
Google’s Workplace offering obviously delivers a comprehensive cloud productivity suite at the first glance. In my opinion and for what I saw the subscription packages seem to be not as modular as offered by Microsoft 365. I also noticed some features and capabilities which are provided by default in Microsoft 365 with Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive etc., e.g. attendee reports for Microsoft Teams meetings and meeting recordings.