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Definition: Google Workspace


A set of Web-based productivity and collaboration applications from Google. Introduced in 2006 and previously entitled "G Suite," most of the Google Workspace features are available to users who have a free Gmail account.

Paid customers receive 24/7 phone and email support, and they use their own Internet domain name and company logo; for example, their Gmail address is not @gmail.com. It is @customerdomain.com. The actual URL for email is "gmail.customerdomain.com." Third-party applications are also available, and Google guarantees 99.9% uptime for email. All paid plans are based on users per month and, along with admin controls, include the following products.

  Gmail email
  Calendar
  Drive cloud storage
  Chat
  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

  BUSINESS   Cloud Storage  Video Calling
  PLANS        Per User     Participants

  Starter        30GB           100
  Standard       2TB            150
  Plus           5TB            250
  Enterprise  Unlimited         250


How 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 apps 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 the Standard Edition was 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.

Workspace for Education
Workspace for Education offers special prices for educators. See Google and Google Docs.