Google Apps Has An Estimated 40 Million Users And 5 Million Businesses
Google doesn’t do much baiting and switching but the search giant looks like it’s caught the bug. Those looking to join the free service got the shock of their lives recently when they visited the signup page—there are no more free signups. The explanation? Users now have the option to try Google apps for 30 days after which they’ll be able to pay $5 a month for a basic account.
The move my Google shouldn’t have surprised many, the company sort of showed its hand when it launched Google Drive with a stingy 2GB of free storage. Google isn’t in the habit of doing things small and many will remember that when Hotmail and Yahoo only gave a small mailbox size, Google launched Gmail with well over 5GBs of storage. Google apps is popular and its popularity is among users that can afford to pay—businesses.
According to Google there are an estimated 40 million users of the platform, 5 million of which are businesses. The $5 a month basic charge is something most businesses can afford and users who really like Google apps will fork out the 5 bucks I am sure.
But what’s around the corner for the rest of Google’s products? Could it be that we are soon to start paying for Gmail? If that happens, all hell will break loose.
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