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Google Apps Ain't Free

The lure of Google Apps used to be its price: nada. Now if you are a business user, that price is no longer nada, but $50 per person per year. And for government workers it is the same half a hundred, revenue Google desperately needs to pay its 3.2 percent tax bill. Individuals can still get the apps free.

I have lots of bones to pick with Google but this isn't one them. The company doesn't have to give away this software indefinitely. 

There was no word on how Google will enforce the new rules.

Is Google Apps for Business worth $50? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/09/2013 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Thu, Jan 10, 2013 Keith Atlanta

I have used Google Apps for 2+ years and happy with it, cheaper than running my own domain with MS Exchange server. Did you really think Google would continue to load up the offering with tons of features for free? Its not a non-profit. Really...

Thu, Jan 10, 2013

Microsoft's offerings are free to schools too.

Thu, Jan 10, 2013 Nick Pietrosante

It has always been amazing to see the world screaming about Microsoft's business practices while the prostrated pilgrims have lapped up similar feats of legerdemain from other companies. Worship the graces at St. Steven's Cupertino chapel or those of the annointed monks of Mountain View but make sure the Redmond coven is burned at the stake. Pretty funny.

Thu, Jan 10, 2013 Roy Grimes Orleans, IN

I assume this only applies to businesses. Our K-12 school corporation just switched to Google Apps for Education. The driving force behind the switch from MS Exchange was the fact that Google Apps was provided free of charge for staff and students.

Wed, Jan 9, 2013 Vic Boudolf Charleston, SC

It's worth $50 just like Office 2010 is worth $119.

Wed, Jan 9, 2013

I have been happily paying $50 per user for a few years. Great product

Wed, Jan 9, 2013 John Kozlowski

Sorry the above comment was for the http://redmondmag.com/blogs/doug-barney/2013/01/google-apps-not-free.aspx article.

Wed, Jan 9, 2013 John Kozlowski

At one time when you gave a product away and thus drove out competition it was called monopoly tactics. Once the competition is gone or at bay, you can charge what you want. Google has done this. It is unethical, or in their vernacular “evil”, but they get away with it.

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