I have a free Google Apps accounts, so just a few minutes ago I got
hit with about an email from Google announcing that they are no longer
accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps.
The free version, even with the limitations compared to the
Business version, typically has always been just enough for most people.
So now, anyone new who wants to sign up must pay a minimum of $5 dollars
per month, just for one users.
Here's a screenshot of the email I received:
What do you think about this move? Do you think Google should have kept the free version of Google Apps alive? Or do you think they made the right move charging customers for their service. Contact me and let me know what you think.
P.S. Here's a text copy of the email:
Hello from Google, Here's some important news about Google Apps—but don't worry, there's no need for you to take any action. We just want you to know that we're making a change to the packages we offer. Starting today, we're no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you're currently using). Because you're already a customer, this change has no impact on your service, and you can continue to use Google Apps for free. Should you ever want to upgrade to Google Apps for Business, you'll enjoy benefits such as 24/7 customer support, a 25 GB inbox, business controls, our 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited users and more for just $5 per user, per month. You can learn more about this change in our Help Center or on the Enterprise Blog. Thank you for using Google Apps. Clay Bavor Director, Google Apps © 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Apps product or account.