Customers of G Suite legacy free edition who are upset that Google just remembered they exist might find a new home with Microsoft 365. And the software giant is now offering a 60 percent discount on a 12-month Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard, or Business Premium subscription to ease the transition.
“If you’re a small business that’s relied on G Suite legacy free edition, we couldn’t help but notice you might be in the market for a new solution,” Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro writes. “We’ve got news for you: today, you can get a 60 percent discount on a 12-month Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard, or Business Premium subscription, along with the help you need to make the move.”
As you may have heard, Google recently contacted its G Suite legacy free edition subscribers to explain that the free ride is over and that they will need to move to a paid Google Workspace account by May 1. The cheapest Workspace account is about $6 per month, which is reasonable, but it can add up for those small businesses with multiple accounts. And the only concession Google has made in the face of complaints is to promise to migrate those customers to free Gmail accounts, which don’t support custom domains or multi-account management functionality.
Microsoft 365 Business Basic normally costs $5 per user per month, so its already a better deal than the cheapest Workspace account. But at 60 percent for the first year, it’s an even better deal. Microsoft 365 Business Standard adds the desktop Office apps and is $8.25 per user per month. And Microsoft 365 Business Premium adds additional features and is $12.50 per user per month. You can compare the plans here.
Microsoft’s offer is only available to current G Suite legacy free edition users who purchase a 12-month Microsoft 365 subscription by August 2, 2022. You can learn more here.