Google Apps no longer free for businesses
Originally when using Google Apps, business had the choice between the free version or the premium version. Since then Google has put a price on its Apps at $50 per user, per year. According to an ‘official blog post’ the reason for this mandatory price is that businesses “quickly outgrow” the basic version.
The new version of Google Apps will include 24/7 phone support, a 25GB inbox, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. While $50 per user, per year may sound like a reasonable price that might be hard to tell small business owners who have not ‘outgrown’ the basic version. That, and the fact that things will not change for existing customers (no matter what their size) might decrease to amount of businesses that use Google Apps out of pure spite.
Thankfully, Google Apps will still remain free for individuals, and (thanks goodness) Google Apps for Education will continue to be free for schools and universities.