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Google Raises Price of Apps for Business

Claims it’s raising prices so it can invest in new features for small businesses

Used to be companies could run Google Apps for Business for nothing for up to 50 users.

No more. Effective May 10, Google is lowering the bar to 10 users on new customers. Above that businesses are going to have to fork out $50 a user a year with a one-year commitment or $5 a head a month and no commitment.

The latter obviously costs more but it supposed to be good for companies with temporary workers.

Google claims it's raising prices so it can invest in new features for small businesses. Microsoft will start its basic Office 365 at $6 a month.

Google's also eliminating upfront payments on both the new Flexible and Annual plans and going to monthly utility billing with direct debit available in the US, UK, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain.

Google claims three million business customers.

The pricing changes take effect for resellers in the "next few months," it said.

Qualified schools and non-profits are exempt.

Apparently it's got a new setup wizard that should provision a site in an hour.

Meanwhile, it's released a free version of Docs for Android 2.1 and above, so people can squint at documents and spreadsheets on their smartphones, create, edit and print them through Cloud Print.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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