Google Apps for Business Free No More; Premium Versions Now Available

December 8th, 2012 at 4:04 am
 


'Google has officially announced a change to its business-oriented apps. The free versions Google Apps for Business are no more, offering only its premium version that costs $50 per user, per year, regardless of the company’s size.

Businesses who already have the free accounts still get to use the apps without paying the subscription free, but organizations who are signing up from now will have to pay.

Google Apps for Business is a suite of web-based software services, which includes Gmail and Drive for collaborative documents and cloud storage. These products are free individually when they create a Google Account (by going through App Engine Admin Console), but businesses no longer have this free option. The premium version includes 24/7 phone support for any issue, a 25GB inbox, and a 99.9% guaranteed uptime with no scheduled downtime.

Meanwhile, Google still offers Google Apps for Education to schools and universities for free. It will also continue with offering Google Apps for Government for $50 per user, per year.

Source: Google Enterprise Blog, via TechCrunch

 

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