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Definition: Google Workspace

A set of Web-based productivity and collaboration applications from Google. Introduced in 2006 and previously titled "G Suite," Google Workspace is a paid service that presents a business face to employees with their company logo on every page. Third-party applications are also available. In addition, Google guarantees 99.9% uptime for email.

All Google Workspace plans are based on users per month and, along with admin controls, include the following products. See Google and Google Docs.

Gmail email
Drive cloud storage
Meet video calling
Currents collaboration (like Slack)
Docs word processing
Sheets spreadsheets
Slides presentations (like PowerPoint)
Forms creation
Sites website builder
Keep notes
Apps Script ties apps together
Cloud Search created documents

                Cloud       Google Meet
  BUSINESS     Storage     Video Calling
  PLANS        Per User    Participants

    Starter      30GB         100

    Standard     2TB          150

    Plus         5TB          250

  PLAN         Unlimited      250

How Google Workspace Came About
In 2007, Google combined the Google Docs business suite with Gmail and calendar into free and paid products. By offering a paid suite of primary business applications with telephone support priced per user, Google threw its hat squarely into the cloud-based office software arena. For sharing and collaborations, users can also upload local documents to the Google cloud.

When introduced, a free Standard Edition was available. Although discontinued in 2012, existing accounts were not terminated. Google Workspace has had several names. It was originally the Premier Edition of Google Apps, later renamed Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Work and G Suite. In 2020, G Suite was renamed Google Workspace.

G Suite for Education
G Suite and G Suite Enterprise for Education offer special prices for educators. For the time being, they retain the G Suite brand. See Google.