I will like if they make a small fee plan that has a regular consumer Google Account with the only extra feature of a custom domain. That's it. No Workspace features, admin, multiple users and all that company related stuff.
I'm pretty sure at the end I will pay for Workspace starter plan ($6/month), don't want to deal with migration to other service.
I still maintain a legacy gmail.com account which I'll keep and move all my android purchases over to but as a matter of principle if they said "free forever" and then renege I'm not just gonna roll over and take it.
I would expect that this system is too complicated to simply run `select count(*) from users where status = 'legacy'` but I'm certain they knew exactly how many free-loading "businesses" would be affected.
Too late for me, already started my migration to Fastmail.
The article does address paid content, which is good, but my larger concern is still with my Cloud Identity. I've used my custom domain under Google as authentication on hundreds of third-party sites.
If i use this migration tool and move to @gmail.com, will third-party sites still recognize and honour my custom domain Google login credentials?
I'd imagine so, as you can already have a Google account without a Gmail address on your own domain name.
From the google "upgrade" page
"This new option won't include premium features like custom email"
so, no, having a google account without a gmail address will no longer work unless you switch to google workspace (paid).
Logins using <name>@<custom-domain>.com will still work, but if you need a password reset using email (very common), it will fail unless you set your email up again with a different email provider (e.g. fastmail).
And even in the context of this thread, having a sending alias doesn't magically make you able to check mail on a domain you don't control... having a forward alias means nothing in this context.
* If anyone were using a paid Tailscale plan with a free GSuite account, they're probably just hosed. I have no idea how they're going to migrate short of Tailscale extending their auth mechanisms.
* Anyone "logging in" with a custom domain email might need to click a link to finish logging in. Unless your GSuite admin migrates mail services manually, you're not getting that email.
If so that doesn't really solve the problem of the product no longer being free anymore, you now have to pay for email hosting...
The outcry was because they did not offer any migration strategy for accounts that had been created under the free GSuite offer - it was either pay up, or have the account and all associated data be deleted across all Google services.
However, there are still many questions to be answered and solutions to be offered:
* It is possible to use Google with non-gmail e-mail address. One can set up gmail to receive (using forwarding) and send (using an outgoing smtp) email. Self-hosted or commercial, that's not a problem.
* However, how tied are other non-workspace services to Workspace? If I get a suspended Workspace account, will my e-mails work as expected?
* Will all of my 2FA work as expected? What about my pre-paid storage purchases?
* Won't my user@domain account drop into some weird neither-here-neither-there mode, if I don't pay up?
* What will happen with my Google Docs? Right now it's impossible to transfer ownership outside current Workspace account.
I see that Google did not put much thought into this at the time of the announcement, however these few days are very stressful. user@domain is my primary email for all services where an email is required. For example, I have 20GB worth of e-mail there (since early 2000s) which I'm not ready to forfeit. Without an option to transfer it I'm lost.
I think I'd rather just pay the money (which is easier for me than some, I only need 1 account). I always knew this was a possibility and I'm glad I got as good of a run as I did. I've had this account since they first released "G Apps", they've earned the $6/mo going forward.
There'll be lots of new $6/month plans in the future, with slightly different names and feature sets, but as an existing customer you'll never be eligible for them.
& use my old custom domain like before + have a catchall on that domain, while also maintaining my existing mail archive & google purchases?
I have had a legacy Gsuite account for years but only used it to forward email to my regular Gmail account and to send email as my custom domain email address. Gsuite would take care of issues such as DKIM so my emails would pass spam filters.
Once the announcement was made I requested access to the Cloudflare email routing beta. It took about 24 hours to get access. Cloudflare now routes email for my custom domains to my normal Gmail account. I signed up for the $1 a month Zoho email service and use it purely to send emails from my custom domains. Zoho does all the needed DKIM signing. I signed up for the $1 account because I needed to be able to send from 2 domains. They have a free tier which should work if you have 1 domain.
Someone is going to ask why I don't just use the Zoho account to receive my email too. I actually like Gmail and I like the integration with other Google services I use.