Google postpones Workplace policies related to productivity tools

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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Global tech giant Google has postponed its policy which added Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard files created by Workspace users towards the total storage limit until February 1, 2022.

The latest move is a follow-up to Google’s November announcement that users of Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite) and Google Photos will be limited to 15 GB of storage starting June 1. However, the delay would only be limited to Google Docs and other productivity tools, not Google Photos. As of June 1, users of Google Images will no longer be able to store high-quality photos for free.

In a blog post, Google stated that “any newly created Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, or Jamboard files will count toward storage. Existing files within these products will not count toward storage, unless they’re modified on or after February 1, 2022.”

Workspace account’s cloud storage limit is currently unaffected by the use of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other productivity tools. Google, on the other hand, reported that it had agreed to discontinue the benefit to keep up with the rising demand for its online resources.

Google claimed that more than 4.3 million gigabytes were added to Gmail, Drive, and Images on a daily basis.

Google added that the policy for Workspace and G Suite accounts have been postponed to “empower Google Workspace admins to adapt” to the new model and optimize their storage before February of next year. Before the policy is adopted, new admin tools will be introduced to help enterprise customers define and control how storage is used and allocated.

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