Global tech giant, Google has said that every day, files with sizes of more than 4.3 million gigabytes are added across its products like Drive, Gmail and Photos straining existing capacity and also pushing it to look for more innovative ways to manage the challenge. This was responsible for the announcement late last year by Google that 15GB is the storage càp for G Suite (now called Google Workspace).
But in a new twist, the tech giant has reversed itself by postponing its planned policy aimed at counting some of its products including Sheets, Forms, Docs, Slides created by users of Workspace to February 2022. This planned update also included Google Photos too with the changes to take effect from Tuesday, June 1, 2021. However, Google announced a delay on the proposed update to affect only Docs and similar productivity tools.
This delay in no way affects the update on Google Photos because from June 1 as earlier stated, users won’t be permitted to keep high-resolution images for free. According to its blog post comment, Google reveals 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,”
Presently, G Suite products don’t impact cloud storage space, but the tech giant has however decided to stop the benefits so as to make space for an increase in demand for its online tools. Only users with G Suite and Google Workspace accounts will enjoy this delay. Owning a personal Google account doesn’t make you qualify for this delayed update.
So as it stands, G Suite products files created through personal accounts will have their 15GB storage capacity counted for from June 1.
The blog post also reads that the delay with the policy is a result of trying to empower the adaptability of its Workspace admins. By the implementation, the admins will be able to optimize their storage capacity ahead of the new proposed date.
The tech giant will also offer new tools for the admins to support Enterprise customers in identifying and managing storage usage and its allocation before implementing the policy.