What is Google Workspace Essentials and Why Should I Use It?

Posted by John Lawler, Director of Cloud Professional Services

Jun 09, 2020

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Who knew that 2020 would be the year the world dove headfirst into workplace cloud collaboration? With workers across all industries heading from their desks at HQs to home offices, the way the world works is changing. Possibly forever.

For many companies, a widespread remote workforce is a new concept. Navigating how to stay connected to workers from different locations quickly and all at once challenged many organizations to find a solution. Many turned to Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) cloud collaboration tools from Google.

In some cases, however, companies didn’t need the Gmail or Google Calendar features as they already had solutions that worked for them but still wanted to explore cloud-based collaboration and productivity for a work-from-anywhere environment. 

Google Cloud recently addressed this by rolling out a Google Workspace Essentials solution for those who want to try G Suite but don’t want to abandon their current email and calendar platforms.

What is G Suite Essentials?

Google Workspace Essentials gives you the most collaborative and secure features of the full Google Workspace package, minus Gmail and Google Calendar to help your teams work together, even when they aren’t in the same office or time zone. These features include Docs, Sheets, Slides and Google Meet, as well as several other features. You also get access to Google Drive.

This latest, scaled-back version of Google Workspace helps organizations address how to effectively manage a remote team and stay connected and productive during a remote work day in this growing work-from-anywhere environment. It’s available in standard and enterprise editions, both of which work with Microsoft Office on any device. You also get offline access. Any changes you make in this mode will automatically sync as soon as you have an internet connection.

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John Lawler, Director of Cloud Professional Services

John oversees all deployments of Google Workspace and Chrome and post-deployment services that help customers see the value in the entire Google platform. He has been helping organizations go Google since 2009.

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