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Google ends small business' free ride on Google Apps

Google will start charging small businesses to use its Google Apps productivity suite as the company mines previously free services for new revenue streams.

Businesses with 10 or fewer employees will now be charged $50 a year -- the same rate paid by larger businesses to use the Web-based tools, which include e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics tools.

The move will allow the Web giant to focus on the quality of the business user's experience, Google explained today in a company blog post.

"When we launched the premium business version we kept our free...Read more at CNET News



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  • Somewhat Reticent Said:

    That's $50 per user per year.

  • Jim Gribbin Said:

    I have been a user of this almost since it started. I'm am in at 100 (mostly unused) users. It works very well and I'm kind of surprised I've had access to it this long for free. I believe that in the time I've had it, there were only a couple of few minute periods I haven't had access. I don't know if the problems were Google, or my network connection. The outages didn't last long enough to bother tracking down. I received this notice from Google about this yesterday: Hello from Google, Here's some important news about Google Apps—but don't worry, there's no need for you to take any action. We just want you to know that we're making a change to the packages we offer. Starting today, we're no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you're currently using). Because you're already a customer, this change has no impact on your service, and you can continue to use Google Apps for free. Should you ever want to upgrade to Google Apps for Business, you'll enjoy benefits such as 24/7 customer support, a 25 GB inbox, business controls, our 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited users and more for just $5 per user, per month. You can learn more about this change in our Help Center or on the Enterprise Blog. Thank you for using Google Apps. Clay Bavor Director, Google Apps I think it's $5/month or $50/yr.

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