Google ends small-biz free ride on Google Apps
Google will start charging small businesses to use its Google Apps productivity suite as the company taps previously free services for new revenue streams.
Businesses with 10 or fewer employees will now be charged $50 a year — the same rate paid by larger businesses — to use the Web-based tools, which include e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics tools.
The move will allow the Web giant to focus on the quality of the business user’s experience, Google explained today in a company blog post.
“When we launched the premium business version we kept our free, basic…
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