Google Apps no longer free for new business accounts

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Google has slowly been phasing out support for its free Google Apps for businesses over the last couple of years, but the company announced its most significant changes yet this week. After scaling back the Google Apps user limit in April 2011, Google is now killing off its free Google Apps offering to new small businesses.

Existing users will be unaffected, but new small businesses who want to use a custom domain with Google’s services will now need to pay $ 50 per user, per year. Google used to offer Apps for Business for free for up to 50 users, but the company changed this limit to just 10 for new users last year. The changes could mean that small businesses will look elsewhere to avoid the charges on new accounts.

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