Quick Note: Businesses Must Now Pay $50/Year for 'Google Apps for Business'
December 7, 2012 11:37 AM
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It comes with features like 24/7 phone support and a 25GB inbox
Businesses can no longer use the free version of Google Apps -- instead, they must use a premium business version for $50 per year.
Google announced yesterday that businesses, which previously had the choice between the basic, free version of Google Apps or the premium, paid version, must now choose the latter. The offering is called Google Apps for Business, and it features more business-friendly options for an annual fee. The apps
and Google Drive.
The new features include 24/7 phone support for any issue, a 25GB inbox and a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee with no scheduled downtime. Businesses of all sizes are instructed to use this version for $50 a year.
Why is Google forcing businesses into this direction? According to the tech giant, businesses tend to outgrow the basic version and have increasing needs in order to run their establishment. This new, paid version guarantees that Google can
offer them what they need
Google will keep the basic, free version for individuals, and will also continue offering Google Apps for Education for free. Google Apps for Government will stay at its normal $50 per year as well.
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12/7/2012 12:02:51 PM
I just moved away from the paid version. There are already restrictions on the free version including limited number of mailboxes and space. I doubt most people using the free version actually need the extra space which is why they choose that version in the first place. Now I might just forward my domain to my Gmail account and call it good.
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