Features and Editions Comparison of Brand-new G Suite – Google Workspace

Google announced a significant new changes to its productivity suite of office apps on 6 October 2020, rebranding G Suite with a new name: Google Workspace. In this time, more advanced features are added and tighter integration are provided between the core applications of G Suite, including Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Calendar and Meet, particularly in collaboration. Google is also providing a broader range of pricing options for different needs from different sized companies.

Differences between G Suite & Google Workspace

The three basic editions of G Suite: Basic, Business and Enterprise, have been rebranded and renamed to Google Workspace. The available editions are Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus and Enterprise.

Old Version
G Suite

Old Version
G Suite

Google Workspace
Google Workspace
Google Workspace
Old Version
G Suite
Google Workspace
Enterprise Essentials
Google Workspace
Enterprise Standard
Google Workspace
Enterprise Plus
Price Invalid Invalid US$6/mth US$12/mth US$18/mth Invalid US$10/mth US$20/mth US$30/mth
Support 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7
Storage 30GB Unlimited 30GB 2TB* 5TB* Unlimited 1TB 5TB* 5TB*
Google Vault
Meet Participants Limit 100 150 100 150 500 250 150 500 500
In-domain Live Streaming 100k 10k 100k
Video Recordings
Endpoint Management
Device Audit Log
Data Regions
Cloud Search
Integration with Third-party Archiving Solutions
Connected Sheets
Shared Drive
Work Insights
Advanced Enterprise Control and Customization
*Requires 5 or more users. (1 TB if 4 or fewer users)

Revision Reminders:

Things You Need To Know About the New Changes:

Storage Limitation

30 GB for G Suite basic, unlimited storage for G Suite Business and G Suite Enterprise; while for Google Workspace: 30 GB for Business Starter, 2 TB for Business Standard, 5 TB for Business Plus, 1 TB for Enterprise Essentials, 5 TB for Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus.


For Google Workspace, the support available 8/5 for Business Starter, 24/5 for Business Standard and Business Plus, 24/7 for Enterprise series.

Google Vault

Available in Business Plus, Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus.

Gmail and Google Calendar have not changed much. It is noteworthy to mention that the “Link Previews” feature has been added to collaborative documents, such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and plans to launch other new features, like Smart Boxes, Picture-in-Picture (PiP), etc.

Common FAQs for Google Workspace

Q: What has changed in the editions?

A: Google introduced two new categories which are Business and Enterprise.
Business – Suitable for SMEs who look forward to quick introduction and can plan on their own.
Enterprise – Suitable for large-scale enterprises who need the assistance of resellers and usually spend more time to implement.

Differences of the Editions:
Business Starter $6/month, Business Standard $12/month, Business Plus $18/month; Enterprise Essentials $10/month, Enterprise Standard $20/month, Enterprise Plus $30/month.

Q: Can I still purchase G Suite Basic or G Suite Business?

A: The new version of Google Workspace is the only subscription you can buy online. If you want to subscribe G Suite Basic or G Suite Business, please contact us – Google Cloud Partner to assist you in purchasing G Suite. (G Suite is no longer available to be purchased from 16/1/2021)

Q: Can I still upgrade from G Suite Basic to G Suite Business?

A: Yes. If you currently have a G Suite Basic subscription, you can upgrade to G Suite Business within your subscription period. You can also choose to upgrade to the new Google Workspace’s Business or Enterprise edition. (G Suite is no longer available to be purchased from 16/1/2021)

Q: Is there a limit to how many accounts you can have on the edition?

A: If the number of users is 300 and above, you have to choose the Enterprise series. While for users less than 300, you may choose any edition based on your needs.

Q: G Suite Business and G Suite Enterprise come with unlimited storage. Does Google Workspace’s editions have unlimited storage?

A: Currently, Google Workspace no longer provides edition with unlimited storage.

    The storage of the editions is listed below:
  • Business Standard – 2TB
  • Business Plus – 5TB
  • Enterprise Essentials – 1TB
  • Enterprise Standard-5TB
  • Enterprise Plus-5TB

Please note that the storage of the previous edition is bound to each user account, and the storage cannot be shared; but for Google Workspace, other editions are adjusted to “storage on same Admin Console is shared by all user accounts”, except for the Business Starter.

For example, there are 5 Business Standard’s accounts in the Admin Console:
Business Standard 2TB * 5 user accounts = 10TB of Total Storage in Admin Console
Even if a single account uses 3TB of storage can continue to be used, as long as the combined storage of all accounts does not exceed 10TB. It is more flexible compared with the previous storage calculation method.

Q: Can I purchase Google Vault additionally?

A: Currently it is unavilable. However, you may choose to subscribe Google Workspace edition that comes with Google Vault, such as Business Plus, Enterprise Standard or Enterprise Plus.