Google has today announced that it is discontinuing the free basic package for businesses on its Google Apps service this week, and will now only provide businesses with a $50 per user option.
But don’t worry if you have already signed your business up to the basic Google Apps package as you will still be able to use it for free.
The new $50 package only applies to new users of Google Apps who have not previously signed up. The new $50 option for Google Apps includes 24/7 phone support, 25GB inboxes and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.
With this in mind, we’ve decided to make things very straightforward. Starting today for all new customers:
- Individuals wishing to use Google’s web apps like Gmail and Google Drive should create a free personal Google Account, which provides a seamless experience across all of our web services on any device.
- For Businesses, instead of two versions, there will be one. Companies of all sizes will sign up for our premium version, Google Apps for Business, which includes 24/7 phone support for any issue, a 25GB inbox, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee with no scheduled downtime. Pricing is still $50 per user, per year.
For more information on the announcement and the new $50 business Google Apps package jumped over to the official announcement on the Google website.
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