Google Workspace

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
YouTube – Google Workspaces Overview

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.

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