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Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, said Google's move to charge businesses at the lower end of total users "was inevitable," and added that the $50/user/year amount "wasn't a big pain point" for most companies.
However, she noted that, unless "they offer inducements, they'll lose half the companies right away." DiDio said she expects Google is waiting to see the reception, and, if the drop off rate is acceptable, companies will "probably see some additional rate increase" in the not-too-distant future.
Pund-IT analyst Charles King described the pricing plan as "a natural evolution of what you might call the 'first one is free' market-building strategy." He added that there's "been a great acceptance among smaller businesses" for Google Apps, whereas larger ones tend to have issues with compliance rules, business processes, security and functionality in the suite.
At this point, King said, the main question for SMBs is "what's the alternative," given that Microsoft 's Office 365 goes for $4 to $20 per user per month.
Posted: 2012-12-08 @ 9:51pm PT
Next up, Chrome.
Posted: 2012-12-08 @ 7:20am PT
Yeah, $5/user/month still sounds cheap compared to all the alternatives I've found.
Posted: 2012-12-08 @ 5:05am PT
The whole idea of using Google Apps is it's free and it can be accessed from anywhere.
It was never because it is better or easier than Microsoft Office suite installed on a local computer. Indeed, running business productivity applications inside of a web browser is so awkward and limited, not to mention it is slower, and you cannot use it without Internet connection (e.g. on an airplane). Now it is no longer free, SMBs really should look for better alternatives. DriveHQ.com has offered cloud IT service to SMBs since 2003. It is a one-stop shop for all core IT services such as file server, email server, FTP server, static web server, online backup, folder synchronization, group file sharing and collaboration with user access control. It has tons of high-end business features all bundled for the same low prices. Our user license costs only $0.6/user/month, why not give it a try?
Posted: 2012-12-07 @ 4:23pm PT
Google Apps still has a free version. Here is the guide on how to get it. Check it out: http://techwalls.com/news/register-free-google-apps-standard-account-single-user/
I don't think Google will kill it soon.
Posted: 2012-12-07 @ 2:57pm PT
The Microsoft alternative to Google Apps is hosted SharePoint that costs about $8/month for unlimited users through vendors such as Apps4Rent...