Today there was a new announcement in my admin.google.com: the free GSuite will continue undisturbed if the admin self-declares it is for personal use only. On the other hand, commercial users must upgrade to a paid plan, but notably, it is up to them to define themselves as businesses.
After stating that this domain is for personal use, I get this confirmation: Thanks for choosing. You have chosen to continue using the no-cost legacy edition of G Suite for personal use. If you change your mind and want access to premium features, you can take advantage of a special discount by upgrading your subscription in the Google Admin console.
The big, unexpected move is continuing to offer Gmail with it…I guess I must find other uses for my new MXRoute service.
Google and Microsoft both have strong opinions on how emails should be handled. Only Google’s can largely be agreed with, and how to adhere to them is generally well explained. Microsoft’s are inventive, unimaginable, unknown until you stumble into them and leave me with a sense of despair. The only rationalization I can come up with is they they got some silly business feature requests over time, and to accomodate them they had to turn email handling upside down. and the whole world has to adjust acordingly, of course.
Sorry for the rant, Microsoft 365 has been forced upon me at work.
Thanks for the insight! Even taking into account all the various domains such as live.com and outlook.com, I don’t think the balance would change much. Where I have the feeling Microsoft has the upper hand is company email: Microsoft 365 vs Google Workspace. This is just my feeling of course, and is not based on any data, rather on the personal opinion that the M. offering appeals to decision-makers more.
Yeah, I would second that: getting rid of Google is an accomplishment in itself and I was almost glad to be finally forced to move to something that guarantees more privacy.
In practice, however I did run into difficulties: elder family members got stuck at step one: “get yourself a free google account for your phone”, and required me to “come and visit, you do it all”. Setting up and veryfying payment methods all over again. Closing and reopening subscriptions. What about purchased apps and content? Transferring ownership of apps to a new developer account, then requesting reimbursement for closing the existing one? Really too much of a hassle, and my family as a whole was relieved to be able to at least postpone that until further notice.
I just make the accounts for them . I know that any thing I do for tech support with my older relatives will be a privacy nightmare anyway. I think it’s better that I have the password and backup 2fa codes for their account.
So sick of the cash grab mentality of these mega corporations. Fuck them. Charge you a monthly fee then make millions off your data and selling you ads. I self-host everything I can. Except email, @Jarland