It seems Google is ending its free offering of the Google Apps services. As, the only URL available today on Google is Google Apps for Business.
Google Apps was until now a free service for companies with ten people or less. But, the Google Apps choice is not available anymore on the Google Apps home page. Now, when you visit the Google Apps URL, the newly designed homepage, no more offers sign up for a free account -- Instead users are now directed to sign up a 30-day trial account.
Google had also launched Google Apps for Education, Google Apps for Government and Google Apps for Business.
The Apps for Business is aimed at the larger enterprise accounts with a base price of $5 per user per month. It is estimated that about 5 million businesses and 40 million people use Google Apps.
Those interested in sign up, can atleast as of while writing get a free Google Apps account "with no strings" attached using this URL.
Google just highlighted its achievements of Google Apps for Business, says, that Apps for Business provides an additional layer of enterprise features like delegated mailboxes, granular administrative controls, a 99.9% SLA, 24x7 support, migration tools, and an ecosystem of certified resellers.
"We've also applied the same formula to other products as listed below that were born in the cloud. With each of these offerings, you can access the latest innovation by clicking "refresh" in your browser," Google wrote.
- "Google Maps Coordinate helps companies easily manage mobile workers
- Chrome for Business gives you a consistent, personalized web experience on any device
- Google App Engine lets you to build and host your own applications in the cloud
- Google Compute Engine allows you to rent Google's infrastructure to operate at scale."
And, that 5 million businesses, 66 of the top 100 U.S. universities, and government institutions in 45 of the 50 U.S. states have gone Google by choosing Google Apps to live and work in the cloud.