Google has announced that subscription prices for its G-Suite Basic and Business services will increase. Beginning April 2, 2019, G-Suite Basic Edition will cost $6 per user/month (up from $5), and G-Suite Business Edition will cost $12 per user/month (up from $10). G-Suite Enterprise Edition accounts will not be affected.
This price increase is not entirely unexpected. Google has never before raised the price of its cloud services despite continuing to add new products and features such as Calendar, Drive, Slides, the upcoming Hangouts Chat and Meet, and more. G-Suite has also received a number of under-the-hood improvements such as better search functionality and additional AI to manage email, process data, and protect against phishing attempts. The new pricing also aligns G-Suite more closely with its biggest rival: Microsoft Office 365.
For existing customers on Google’s Flexible Plan, the new pricing will take effect on April 2. For customers on the Annual Plan, the new pricing will take effect once your plan renews after April 2. Any current contracts or renewals that take place before that date will remain unaffected.
Customers who are billed by Google will see an email laying out domain-specific details no later than February 28, 2019. Businesses that license G-Suite through a third party should be hearing from their partners directly.
To see the official announcement of these changes, check out the Google Cloud website. If you have questions about how your G-Suite account may be affected by these changes, or on how to incorporate Google’s cloud applications into your facility’s workflow, feel free to contact Nodal!