Google puts an end to the free version of Google Apps

The free version of Google Apps is sadly no more. Just a few minutes ago I received an email from the Google Apps team, which included this:

Starting today, we’re no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you’re currently using). Because you’re already a customer, this change has no impact on your service, and you can continue to use Google Apps for free.

Should you ever want to upgrade to Google Apps for Business, you’ll enjoy benefits such as 24/7 customer support, a 25 GB inbox, business controls, our 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited users and more for just $5 per user, per month.

You can learn more about this change in our Help Center or on the Enterprise Blog.

Link to Google Apps for Business.

Here are a few possible alternatives to Google Apps for hosted Email:

And an alternative for Google Apps for Docs, or document collaboration:

And this workaround has been demonstrated for getting Google Apps tied to your domains for free, but it’s probably only a matter of time until Google puts an and to it, as well:

I’ll add more alternatives as I find them, but you’re welcome to share your own ┬án the comments below. Your comments are always welcome below.

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  1. #1 by NMI on December 7, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    Thank You for sharing this.
    For those who might want something similar to Google Apps, but at free to cheaper costs, do you have any recommendations?

    • #2 by Mike on December 7, 2012 - 8:11 pm

      I’ve been casually looking for alternatives for a while now. While there are a few services I’d consider, I haven’t looked at any seriously enough up to this point to recommend any right now.

      Stop back in the future for any recommendations I might make.

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