General Chat Thread, Google Apps feeling the pinch? New signups to Free edition soon limited to 10 users in General; With Office 365 looming, you might think Google would be looking to become more competitive, but instead they've announced today ...
26th April 2011, 07:36 PM #1
Google Apps feeling the pinch? New signups to Free edition soon limited to 10 users
With Office 365 looming, you might think Google would be looking to become more competitive, but instead they've announced today that they will be placing stricter limits on the Free edition to force more businesses to start coughing up: from May 10, only schools and non-profits will be allowed to have more than 10 users without paying (currently it's 50).
Starting on May 10, new organizations (excluding schools and non-profits) with more than 10 users will need to sign up for our paid service, Google Apps for Business, which offers valuable features designed for businesses – customer support, more generous storage limits, a 99.9% SLA, and more. This change will allow us to deliver on the expectations of our small business customers and invest in new features that will help them succeed.
The change only affects new signups, but does affect new personal customers who don't qualify as "non-profit". Personally I always saw the Free edition as a way for Google to drive people towards Business, but clearly they aren't seeing the conversion rates they've hoped for.
I also found the free service a good way for the family techie to set up a central email system using a custom domain name for family members, but I guess it will only be useful for small families now. Still, at least the free edition exists, which is more than Microsoft offers.
26th April 2011, 08:44 PM #2
Having just moved to 365 I would never pay for the google service over it. We have been on google apps for several years now but after moving out (which was hell, thanks google for making that simple with your stupid labels) I have to say I would probably never go back.
Like you say though at least it does have a free tier for families etc.
29th April 2011, 08:47 PM #3
- Rep Power
Really? Wow... our experience was the exact opposite... Sorry to hear it was a bust, but we will continue to use Google Docs for as much as possible into the future. It's been a blessing in our environment.
Originally Posted by ZeroHour
30th April 2011, 12:05 AM #4
We had several years of mail on google apps which had labels applied etc and googles imap is not the best.
Originally Posted by JaSauders
Did you go gmail->365 or the other way around?
30th April 2011, 03:06 PM #5
We've been using Google Apps for 1.5 years now and I still love it, met a lot of resistance in the beginning but everybody has finally come around and realized that the change has many benefits.
30th April 2011, 03:36 PM #6
What would you call Windows Live Domains? Sure, it's not a full enterprise solution with web apps, but as a central e-mail system/calendar/photo albums etc for a family it's perfect.
Originally Posted by AngryTechnician
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AngryTechnician (30th April 2011)
30th April 2011, 09:36 PM #7
Good point, I'm sure I had looked at this myself a year or so back, but had completely forgotten about it since.
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