Google Changes Course And Lets Lets Personal Users Stay On ‘No-Cost Legacy G Suite’ With Custom Gmail Domain

Earlier this year, Google announced that they were going to shut down G Suite Legacy Free Edition and that prompted outrage and had lawyers sniffing around for a big payday. That led to Google flip flopping on that to a degree and announcing that Legacy G Suite Users would be able to migrate to free accounts. But that didn’t calm the waters. Here’s a comment that was left on that story:

The new change offered by Google doesn’t help many… Families that had a family domain still lose that and, importantly, non-profit / volunteer organisations, like Scout Groups etc., who may have been running their organisation’s email on this platform for 15 years will lose all of that functionality. The fact is that for those signing up prior to 2012 or whenever the change was, were all promised that they could have Google for your Domain free FOREVER… Google needs to keep its promises – if they were possibly every going to say years down the track that the situation has changed, then they should not have promised in the first place… once they’ve made the promise they need to stick to it.

Well, it took a few months, but it looks like Google has again reconsidered. You can keep your custom domain, and:

Besides the custom Gmail domain, you will “retain access to no-cost Google services” and “keep your purchases and data.”

  • You will retain access to the no-cost version of Google Workspace services such as Google Drive and Google Meet, and additional Google services such as Google Search, Google Maps, and YouTube
  • You will retain access to paid content such as movie purchases at Google Play and data stored on Google Workspace

However, you must confirm to Google that your usage is “for non-commercial personal use.”

I am once again interested in hearing from people who are affected by this to get their thoughts. This seems like Google is listening and doing what is right. But maybe I am reading this wrong. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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