You can no more create Google Apps accounts for free as Google has officially announced and stopped offering the service for free in an aim to ‘focus on the quality of the business user’s experience.’
According to Clay Bavor, Director of Product Management for Google Apps, announced and explained in a blog post that the move will allow the Google to focus on the quality of the business user’s experience, with full service support. However, it is made clear that existing Google Apps users can continue using the service for free, with no additional charges to pay. Additionally, Google Apps for Education will be available as a free service for schools and universities.
When we launched the premium business version we kept our free, basic version as well. Both businesses and individuals signed up for this version, but time has shown that in practice, the experience isn’t quite right for either group. Businesses quickly outgrow the basic version and want things like 24/7 customer support and larger inboxes. Similarly, consumers often have to wait to get new features while we make them business-ready.
The free version, which was earlier called as the Google Apps “Standard,” used to be available for businesses with fewer than 50 users. This free service provided email, calendaring, shared documents, spam and virus filtering, and up to seven gigabytes of inbox space for every account created. Now, instead of two versions – the free version and the premium version – there will be only one, which will include 24/7 phone support, 25 gigabytes of inbox space, and a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee with no scheduled downtime. All of this comes in a bundle that will cost $50 per user per year.