Google Apps not Free for Long :(



You all know I have been raving about Google Apps and have moved over a number of domains. Well it turns out that Google is about to change the game and start charging for the product they introduced for free.

The question I am wondering is how much. If the price of $2.00 to $3.00 per user I will probably be pulling some domains back onto my own servers as it will be cheaper to run them myself. I will have to weigh what the value of not getting any spam is, versus the pricing plan they come up with. 

Apparently what is driving this change is the demand of big companies to get on the system. To bad really that they are going to charge because this could drive a lot of us off their system. ArsTechnica


4 thoughts on “Google Apps not Free for Long :(

  1. Good thing it stayed free… anyway I have been using Google Apps since August now … and I think its very cool. But the best thing is the Google API. For example we are developing an FREE open source “business application platform” (think salesforce.com). Our first application is working tightly integrated with GOOGLE APPS. http://www.applicationexchange.com.

  2. I don’t think they are saying they will start charging for the service, I think they are saying they are going to offer a for pay version.

    This means if you want the free current features you can continue to do this, but if you want premium business features, you need to pay for it.

  3. My understanding of the situation is it was always Google’s plan to charge companies for this service, but not individuals. I think this still applies. If you are using it on a individual domain you aren’t going to need more than 25 email accounts anyway.

    Mark

  4. My guess is that if a company wants more than 25 users, they will charge. I just wish they added Google Documents and Spreadsheets to Google for domains.

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