Google’s generous unlimited storage offerings were admittedly too good to last. Whether it took advantage of it or not, it was only a matter of time before it became unsustainable, at least as a business. At the end of last year, Google announced some changes to its previously limitless options for users of Workspace and Google Photos. Now it is announcing an extension of this deadline as a way to give administrators, companies and users more time to prepare for the inevitable.
To be clear, nothing changes for Google Photos. On June 1, 2021, all new high-quality photos will count towards Google Drive storage quotas. This may have been the most controversial part of the Google ad, but it is not backing down at all.
On the other hand, the deadline for Google Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms, Drawings and Jamboard is being postponed to February 1, 2022, instead of the previous June date. This gives an extension of 8 months before new files start counting for quotas as well. As before, existing files will not be counted unless they are modified after that date.
Google’s sudden change in the past year has received negative feedback, especially as it comes at a time when more and more people depend on cloud storage services to get their jobs done. So again, this is exactly Google’s reason for limiting its pooled storage policies to Workspace and G Suite customers. Since millions of GB of data are loaded every day, it is no longer financially viable to continue offering users unlimited storage.
The extension of the Google term is also due to a new tool that is being developed to help administrators get more information about how the storage space is being used. Until this tool becomes available, Google has decided to postpone the policy change, giving users a few more months to take advantage of this limited unlimited storage soon.