Google Workspace Essentials

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Modern collaboration tools to supercharge teamwork

Google Workspace Essentials includes Docs, Sheets and Slides. For teams that need to work together even when they’re spread across offices and time zones, it’s easy to create and collaborate with the entire team.

Modern collaboration tools to supercharge teamwork

Secure, enterprise-grade video conferencing

When your team needs to connect, Google Meet delivers seamless, reliable and simple video conferencing. You can have up to 150 participants per call and record video meetings to Google Drive for team members that can’t make the meeting.

Secure, enterprise-grade video conferencing

Easy and secure access to all of your content

With Google Drive, you can store, share and access your content from any device. Teams can use shared drives, where files belong to the team instead of an individual, so you’ll always have access to the right files.

Easy and secure access to all of your content

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Included applications

  • Meet Video and voice conferencing
  • Host meetings with up to 250 participants
  • Schedule and join meetings from Outlook calendar
  • Record meetings and save to Drive
  • Live stream your meeting to up to 100,000 viewers in your domain (coming soon)
  • Drive Storage and file sharing
  • Unlimited cloud storage (or 1 TB per user if fewer than five users)
  • Shared drives for unified team storage
  • Drive File Stream to access content directly from your desktop
  • Docs Word processing
  • Sheets Spreadsheets
  • Slides Presentation builder
  • Forms Professional surveys builder
  • Sites Website builder
  • Keep Shared notes

Security and management

  • 24/7 priority support  
  • Admin Security and administration controls
  • Archive and set retention policies for emails and chats
  • Data regions for Google Workspace
  • Security centre for Google Workspace
  • Data loss prevention for Gmail
  • Data loss prevention for Drive
  • Hosted S/MIME for Gmail
  • Integrate Gmail with compliant third-party archiving tools
  • Enterprise-grade access control with security key enforcement
  • Gmail log analysis in BigQuery
  • Advanced Protection Programme
  • Vault Retain, archive and search data
  • e-Discovery for emails, chat and files
  • Audit reports to track user activity
  • Cloud Identity Premium Manage users, devices and apps
  • Endpoint management Remotely manage your mobile fleet
  • Context-aware access

Essentials customers may have access to additional features for a limited period of time.

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Works with Microsoft Office

Avoid version conflicts by seeing if a teammate is editing an Office file, and get notified when it’s your turn to edit the file. Schedule and join meetings directly from the Outlook calendar with the Meet plug-in.

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Easy meeting recording

Connect with up to 150 meeting participants and record meetings directly to Drive, making it easy to share with those who couldn't attend. If you can’t catch it live, no problem – meetings can easily be recorded and saved to Drive, so you can watch and share later.

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Drive File Stream

Sync Drive files directly from the cloud with your Mac or PC, freeing up disk space and network bandwidth. Any changes that you or your collaborators make are automatically updated and synced, so you’ll always have the latest version.

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Work on any device, anywhere

Google Workspace Essentials apps are available on all major platforms, enabling you to work seamlessly across your browser, mobile device, tablet and computer.

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Offline access

If you don’t have access to the Internet, no problem – you can still create, view and edit files in Docs, Sheets and Slides. Any changes that you make while offline will be automatically synced as soon as you have an Internet connection.

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Custom surveys and forms for your team

Easily create surveys and forms to get valuable insights from your team, and analyse the data right away in Google Sheets.

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Common questions about Google Workspace Essentials

  • What’s the difference between existing Google Workspace offers and Google Workspace Essentials?

    Google Workspace Essentials is built for teams and organisations that have an existing email and calendar solution in place. It’s designed to coexist and integrate with your current tools, while also giving you access to Google Meet for enterprise-grade video calling, Google Drive for secure cloud storage and Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for content creation and collaboration. And all you need to get started is your company email address.
    If you need Gmail, Calendar or custom email for your business, Google Workspace would be the right choice for you.

  • If I’m a current Google Workspace user, do I need Google Workspace Essentials?

    No – Google Workspace Essentials is designed for teams and organisations that are not currently Google Workspace customers. If you’re an existing G Suite Basic or Business customer and are interested in advanced Meet functionality, additional Drive storage or enterprise security features like DLP, consider upgrading to Google Workspace Enterprise.

  • My company currently uses Office 365. Can I use Google Workspace Essentials?

    Absolutely! In fact, Google Workspace Essentials is designed to integrate with and complement your existing technology, including Microsoft Office. Google Drive supports over 100 file types, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and the Outlook plug-in for Google Meet enables you to create or join meetings directly from your calendar.

  • Do I need to enter a valid form of payment to get started with Google Workspace Essentials?

    A valid form of payment like a credit card is required to start Google Workspace Essentials. If you decide that you no longer want to use Google Workspace Essentials, you can cancel your subscription at any time.

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