In 2020, G Suite became Google Workspace as part of a mass reorganization of the company’s apps for the “future of work.” Various plans were migrated over, and Google is now finally getting rid of the G Suite legacy free edition.
After getting free Gmail, Drive, Docs, and other apps for the past several years, companies will need to start paying for those Google services and the ability to use your own custom domain. They have until May 1 to select a new plan or Google will move them to tier selected based on the last usage.
This was a long time coming, and it’s unclear how many people were still using Google Workspace for free. I rather expect that this change will affect more individuals than companies that have already migrated to paid plans because of natural growth.