Google has announced a major change in the operation of Google Apps in which it will discontinue the creation of new free accounts. With the move, the Mountain View giant hopes to make the service simpler and only available to the corporate environment.
“Companies and individuals have signed up for this (free) version, but time has shown that in practice the experience is not fair for both groups,” said Clay Bavor, director of product management for Google Apps.
Existing free mode customers will not be affected and may continue to use Google Apps at no charge. For new partners, Google suggests that interested parties create a standard Google account for access to Gmail and other integrated services.
Google Apps for Business includes 25 GB inbox and phone support and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. The price of the service remains at $ 50 per user / year.