Google Apps no longer free for new small business accounts


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Google has announced a change to Google Apps for Business that effectively ends the ability to create free accounts for groups of 10 or fewer users, in favor their Premium $50 per user per year plan. In a blog posted...

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This is just plain STUPID. (Yes, S-T-U-P-I-D!). Google's lame excuse, "that businesses were ?outgrowing? the free version and want things like 24/7 customer support and larger inboxes." is just a way for them to make more money. How many SMB actually utilize 25GB of email storage? Very few. Plus, most small businesses that use Google Apps have never even used Google's support services, at all! How about people who were signing up for free Apps account, just so their family could have a centralized domain name for their private email addresses? How about business that only have 3-4 employees, and don't want to pay several hundred dollars a year for basic email, calendaring, etc.?
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If Google Apps is not going to be free there are other options such as hosted SharePoint which is like $9/month for unlimited users...vendors such as, Office 365 come to mind with 24/7 support.


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If exchange server had 1/100th the spam trap capabilities I'd switch to that, as it would be cheaper in the long run.


It's simple.

Business owners don't like ads.

Free services make $0 in revenue for Google.

Businesses that are too cheap to pay for Google Apps or Office 365 or any other similar service are destined to fail anyway. Both services are dirt cheap.