Alphabet’s Google announced on Monday an option for small businesses to upgrade their Gmail accounts for better calendar, video chat and email communications.
Google Workspace Individual starts at US$7.99 (approximately 590 rupees) per month, including a temporary discount of US$2, adding to the company’s expanding efforts to allow users to subscribe to some of its services, such as YouTube and Google Photos, in exchange for updates. Multiple support and features are free. Subscription sales can help Google increase revenue beyond advertising.
Small business products compare to existing plans, which are aimed at large organizations that have their own website for use in email addresses.
Javier Soltero, vice president of Google Workspace, told reporters that his department has been informally saving business cards or photos of work vehicles that mention “@Gmail.com” addresses to “remind themselves of the absolute number of their consumer products running business.”
He said that those who upgrade appointments, newsletter production and other tools should be able to provide customers with a more professional experience.
Workspace Individual will soon be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and Japan.
Google announced other changes to Workspace on Monday. For the first time, large companies will be able to control the encryption of files on Google Drive and prevent Google from unlocking them. Airbus is an early customer.
Now all users can access Google Chat, the company is the successor to the instant messaging program Google Hangouts.
Soltero said that now free and paid users will have the same chat and email service, which provides a common foundation and makes it easier to develop new features, for the first time in many years.
© Thomson Reuters 2021