G Suite is a collection of enterprise-based products—like Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and so on—offered by Google via a monthly subscription platform to help streamline your business. But what’s the difference between it and the free apps?
What is G Suite?
G Suite—formerly known as Google Apps for Work—is a Software as a Service (SaaS) product that groups all the cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools developed by Google for businesses, institutes, and nonprofits. Included with every subscription you get access to custom Gmail addresses, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Drive, Sites, and so much more.
What’s the Difference Between G Suite and Free Google Apps?
It might seem like a lot of the same Google apps are available for free, but there are a few key features that help G Suite integrate with your company perfectly.
While most of these products are free for everyone, G Suite adds enterprise-level features for its subscribers. Some of these features include shared calendars, optional unlimited cloud storage, advanced admin controls—like add and remove users, two-step verification, and single-sign-on—and simple data migration tools to transfer all your company’s valuable data to G Suite. Plus, G Suite comes with mobile device management, letting you activate/deactivate mobile devices, control which apps are enabled, and remote wipe if the employee goes rogue with a company device.
In addition to all those already great features, G Suite also has custom email addresses for your domain. So for instance, unlike a regular Google account, that uses “@gmail.com,” when you sign up for G Suite, every user’s email will contain your domain and look like “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Note: You must already own and verify the domain that you’re signing up with to use it with G Suite.
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