Google announced that starting today, Google Apps customers worldwide can access a full spectrum of services from Google -- including > 60 productivity-boosting apps that extend far beyond any traditional software suite. Coupled with the ability for admins to provide different sets of apps to different groups of users, the possibilities for empowering workers in new ways are remarkable.
Existing customers can transition at their own pace over next couple months to new infrastructure supporting these apps from the admin control panel. The additional services aren't covered by Apps SLA or telephone support.
Google has also simplifyed the names of the versions of Google Apps:
- Google Apps, is a free service geared towards families, entrepreneurs and other groups up to 50 users.
- Google Apps for Business offers 25GB of email storage per user, a 99.9% uptime guarantee, data migration capabilities, advanced management tools, telephone support, added security features and more, all for $50 per user per year.
- Google Apps for Government is FISMA certified and designed with local, state and federal agencies in mind.
- Google Apps for Education offers many benefits of Google Apps for Business, but at no cost to schools, universities and qualifying non-profits.