In ordert to help Small businesses in particular to make Google Apps easier to adopt and manage, Google today announced several upcoming changes designed to address those requests:
New flexible billing options:
Small businesses operate in dynamic environments -- everything from workforce size to cash flow can change overnight -- so Google making two improvements to billing programs in the next few weeks to ensure that Apps works across businesses.
- "First, for customers who sign up online we're adding the Flexible Plan, a new $5 per user p/m pricing option which requires no contractual commitment. With this plan, businesses can add or remove users as necessary and will automatically be billed for the proper amount. We'll continue to offer the current pricing option -- $50 per user per year with a one-year commitment -- as the Annual Plan.
- Second, eliminated upfront payments for new customers to make it easier for them to manage their cash flow. Whether they choose Flexible or Annual Plan, customers will pay at the end of each month. We'll also begin to offer direct debit in the US, UK, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain to make payment even easier," explains Google.
"Starting May 10, new organizations (excluding schools and non-profits) with more than 10 users will need to sign up for paid service, Apps for Business, which offers valuable features designed for businesses -- customer support, more generous storage limits, a 99.9% SLA, and more.
Existing Google Apps customers can expand beyond 10 users (up to a maximum of 50) at no additional charge, and we'll continue to offer Google Apps for free to groups with 10 users or fewer. Schools and non-profits that qualify for Apps for Education willn't be affected," Google noted
Using new "setup wizard," most customers are now able to complete setup in under one hour -- less than the average time people spend commuting to and from work each day. And in a few weeks, Google will be launching a single sign-up page that lets businesses create an account in minutes without even pulling out a credit card.
[Source: Google Enterprise Blog]