Google has now officially unveiled its new branding for G Suite for Education, now called Google Workspace for Education. It is based on reports highlighting the new workspace for students and schools, as well as the new features that will be added to the mix.
Most importantly, Google will add support for third-party add-ons. These will be available exclusively to Google Workspace for Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Upgrade customers. But Google will also integrate Google Classroom and Google Meet more fully.
For example, this will prevent students from joining meetings before teachers and integrate with the student list through Classroom to ensure that only those who need it have access. Better mute and end-call controls are also built in, as are emoji reactions – which are expected to land in August. Finally, transcripts for the meetings will be launched for education and business clients later this year.
Two-tier system is virtually intact following these additions to Google Workspace for Education
Now there will always be two levels for the new Google Workspace for Education. And paid G Suite Enterprise for Education users won’t have to do anything to maintain their level. This will be renamed Google Workspace for Education Plus. And the free tier will be renamed Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals.
Likewise, the features and benefits of the paid tier aren’t changed too much either, with one exception. Now all users will have to pay for additional storage if they need it.
More specifically, Google is ending its offer of free and unlimited storage to institutions of this quality. Instead, schools and institutions will have a shared storage pool. This amount will be set at 100TB, so not all institutions will have to worry about running out. But, from July 2022 – and for new registrations in 2022 – storage beyond that will be paid for.
So when, exactly, will all of this happen?
From now on, the changes detailed here will all be rolled out in their own timelines, as shown above. But Google did not indicate a specific timeline for most features. That’s with the exception of Emoji responses and storage policy changes, arriving in August of this year and July 2022.