Just a bit ago I received this email from Google Apps:
We recently announced upcoming changes to the maximum number of users for Google Apps. We want to let you know that, as a current customer, the changes will not affect you.
As of May 10, any organization that signs up for a new account will be required to use the paid Google Apps for Business product in order to create more than 10 users. We honor our commitment to all existing customers and will allow you to add more than 10 users to your account for (domain) at no additional charge, based on the limit in place when you joined us.
The Google Apps Team
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Previous to this, Google Apps users were able to create up to 50 users for the free level of service. Now Google is cutting that back to 10. The paid service runs $50 per account per year. It’s a good thing Google is letting current customers keep their account limit, because otherwise having to pay out up to $2,000 a year for their Google Apps accounts would certainly have some people looking for alternatives.
That said, if you were thinking about signing up for Google Apps, you may want to do it now, before the new account limit kicks in. You can sign up here.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the changes to Google Apps accounts in the comments below!