Schools, universities and individual users remain free.
Google has stated that the new rules and payment schedule will not affect existing free accounts. Nevertheless, existing users are concerned that what is now free, will not be ‘forever free’. Recent history makes their concern justifiable.
Initially, enterprises with fewer than 50 users could access Google Apps free of charge, but in the spring of 2011, Google sliced the ‘free 50’ to ‘free 10’. As of last month, all new companies will pay.
The Google Apps package includes Gmail, Calendar, a document editor, cloud storage “Disk” and other services. Google Apps best known competitor is a “cloud” package offered by Microsoft, ‘Office 365’.
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