Google Apps slashes number of free licences

Google has overhauled the way it charges Google Apps users, dropping the number of free licences an organisation can use from 50 to only 10.

Google Apps slashes number of free licences

Schools and not-for-profit groups are exempt from the change, but from 10 May any new organisation with more than 10 users that signs up to the collaborative service will have to pay.

Google, which announced the changes on its enterprise blog, has also changed the billing options for customers. While it will still offer the US$50 per user annual plan to customers, it has added a new flexible plan which has no contractual commitment. It is available at US$5 per month for each user.

“With this plan, businesses can add or remove users as necessary and will automatically be billed for the proper amount,” the company’s blog revealed.

Google is also eliminating upfront payments for new customers “to make it easier for them to manage their cash flow”. Customers will pay at the end of each month instead, with users in the US and many countries in Europe, including the UK, able to select a Direct Debit option.

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