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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 include Gmail 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.

Source: The Official Google Enterprise Blog

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Interesting business model
By JackBurton on 12/7/2012 2:07:40 PM , Rating: 0
So now Google wants you to pay THEM to mine your data. Interesting.

You know there is a saying, "If a product is free, it's most likely YOU'RE the product." In this case, not only are you the product, you also have to pay for it. lol

RE: Interesting business model
By sprockkets on 12/7/2012 5:00:17 PM , Rating: 3
You are an idiot. Paid google apps for business has no ads and never did,'s paid.

Stupid apple troll can't think straight for even a moment...

RE: Interesting business model
By JackBurton on 12/7/12, Rating: 0
RE: Interesting business model
By mcnabney on 12/7/2012 10:51:18 PM , Rating: 2
Google's paid services are kept private and are not mined. My wife's law firm switched to it and that was the first question they had due to client confidentiality. The freeloaders exchange 'privacy' for a nice service at no charge.

RE: Interesting business model
By sprockkets on 12/8/2012 1:10:50 AM , Rating: 2
Um, you could read up on how Google apps is certified SSAE 16 and ISAE 3402 Type II meaning the data from each company is kept separate via standard practices and how law enforcement agencies around the US already use it.

Or continue to be a dumb ass...

RE: Interesting business model
By messele on 12/9/2012 3:09:31 AM , Rating: 2
Those standards only stop third parties from getting in and they also cover integrity, they do not prevent Google from mining the data at all, so irrelevant.

Maybe they do mine this surface, maybe they don't but there is no way I'm storing anything anywhere unless it's encrypted at my end by my rules.

Wonder why Google don't offer this fundamental protection yet many others do...

RE: Interesting business model
By sprockkets on 12/9/2012 10:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, the only reason for data mining is to display ads that are relevant to you. It's kinda pointless to mine data that they can't use since they don't serve ads.

Think of it this way, it's Exchange in the "cloud" just as MS offers the same competing service. Both have had to prove their integrity to gov agencies before they would win bids for their service.

RE: Interesting business model
By thecolorblue on 12/11/2012 7:55:08 AM , Rating: 2
just as there is no reason for google to snoop on people's private wifi

and when google says they will do something they will... as in when they were ordered to delete illegally acquired 'wifi snoop data' in europe... and google promised to delete the data... except then they didn't

in closing, you're a fool

RE: Interesting business model
By NellyFromMA on 12/10/2012 4:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
Does that apply to Google Apps in general or just paid apps?

I'm assuming it can't be the free apps for obvious reasons, but just trying to clarify to confirm or deny for my own purposes.

RE: Interesting business model
By augiem on 12/7/2012 6:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
mine your data

Just where did you read adware into that statement?

RE: Interesting business model
By Arkive on 12/10/2012 12:55:48 PM , Rating: 2

Because as the user above recently pointed out, there's no reason to mine the data other than to display relevant ads to the user. They can't sell information you haven't released to them without your consent so if there's no ads, then there's no revenue and no reason to mine it.

RE: Interesting business model
By blue_urban_sky on 12/7/2012 7:02:49 PM , Rating: 4
Hummm Supermarkets mine data for <1% off your shopping, do you bitch about that?

the truth is no one cares about your data, yes you buy an above average amount of tissues and have an interest in adult web sites. Is that going to make Google rich?

I was similarly amazed when I saw people complaining that google only allowed them to upload 20,000 mp3s to the cloud for free. people were complaining that they were not allowed to upload 20,000 flac files or 100k of music files? How much do people think you can get out of data mining?

I have 2 10GB email accounts, 5Gb Google drive, All photos on G+, 50Gb! on google music, apps, docs, calenders and a host of other crap for free. Sometimes I click the paid adds out of a feeling of obligation. All Google knows is I don't talk to my mum enough my wife is seemingly obsessed with pictures of cats and if I was half as competent at my job as I pretend I would not frequent stack overflow quite as much as I do... I think I do ok out of this deal.

RE: Interesting business model
By thecolorblue on 12/11/2012 8:04:37 AM , Rating: 2

google does care about your data, as does big bro'... and google hands that over readily
and big bro snoops it regardless... and it is used for retroactive surveliance... it is used to target 'inconvenient' people and you are here to sign yourself up and defend the practice.

and nice straw man with the 'tissues, adult websites google rich' comment
only a complete ignorant would ever suggest that, so congrats on refuting the ignorants who don't even post here.

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