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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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Google should create a separate company
By vision33r on 12/8/2012 1:09:26 AM , Rating: 2
Google is still an ad/search company. How can a company trust a media company to manage and secure data is beyond me. Of course, geeks don't look at it that way. From a IT managerial POV, the red flags are there when you see the way Google does it's business.

If they are serious about becoming a serious cloud based business app company they should consider branding under a different name or market it heavily that it's managed under a different entity than their primary tech team.

RE: Google should create a separate company
By SKiddywinks on 12/8/2012 4:09:02 AM , Rating: 2
You have no idea what you are talking about. Look at comments further up if you want clarification as to how a company can "trust a media company to manage and secure data".

By thecolorblue on 12/11/2012 8:07:46 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Google should create a separate company
By MadMan007 on 12/8/2012 7:58:48 AM , Rating: 2
Amazon sells books, what are they doing hosting cloud services and doing high-end government work? Oh, that's right, they are a technology company, not a 'book seller'. Same deal with Google.

By NellyFromMA on 12/10/2012 4:33:09 PM , Rating: 1
Um, Amazon earns substantial profits from sales, no ads.

Kind of a key difference here, although I know what you're getting at.

He's not dumb for assuming this, and thepeople here could at least CITE something for him to read as opposed to shitting on him for assuming something based on there ACTUAL business model. I'm now curious myself.

By spaced_ on 12/9/2012 9:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose the impression of seriousness is the most important factor necessary when convincing many IT management that you can provide better security.

Perhaps you're right, perhaps Google needs another brand name with someone looking 'stern' to convince the many IT illiterates in the management sphere that their technical architecture can be trusted.

It's difficult after all to understand security in the technological space when one has no technological experience, qualifications or understanding. But, you can feel better about decision making, if someone gives you lots of assurance.

They certainly need to get more serious about being serious about security. Seriously.

Perhaps they need to hire more security managers to manage all that extra security.

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