Microsoft offers a 60% discount to “old” Google G Suite customers
Google announced last month that it plans to charge for free “legacy” G Suite accounts by May 1. The move surprised a group of G Suite users who used the service with custom domains, and now Microsoft is trying to get G Suite users to pay for Microsoft 365 instead with a 60% off offer. .
“If you’re a small business relying on the old free edition of G Suite, we can’t help but notice that you might be looking for a new solution.” says Jared Spataroresponsible for Microsoft 365. “We have news for you: today you can get a 60% discount on a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard or Business Premium, as well as help you need for the move.”
The cheeky offer is available on the Microsoft website and includes support for custom domains, access to Microsoft Teams, Office apps, and OneDrive cloud storage. Microsoft also includes a year of Help for businesses for Microsoft 355, which helps businesses more easily migrate to Microsoft 365. The offer is exclusive to users of the legacy free edition of G Suite who purchase a 12-month Microsoft 365 subscription before August 2, 2022.
However, some old G Suite users may want to wait for a new solution from Google. After a backlash, Google says it plans to “provide you with the ability to move your non-Google Workspace paid content and most of your data to a free option”. We’re still awaiting full details from Google, but it looks like former G Suite users will be able to upgrade to a free Gmail account without premium features like custom email domains or multi-account management.
This should hopefully solve some headaches for people who have relied on their free G Suite accounts for their YouTube channels or used the account for Google Play purchases. For those who have used the free G Suite option for home or work email accounts on a custom domain, it seems the only option is to start paying or upgrade to competitors like Microsoft 365.