Interesting Google Apps change coming May 10 -- encouraging paid accounts?
Google has been emailing these out today to Google Apps clients:
<snip> As of May 10, any organization that signs up for a new account will be required to use the paid Google Apps for Business product in order to create more than 10 users. We honor our commitment to all existing customers and will allow you to add more than 10 users to your account for [domain name edited out] at no additional charge, based on the limit in place when you joined us. <snip>
I imagine that the change could be an anti-abuse change in part (e.g. creating bulk users), but is Google also perhaps trying to better monetize Google Apps?
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Do you think Google is seeking a "free for consumers (ad-supported), paid for business" subscription model long-term?
I suppose that the subscription fees must be more lucrative than the advertisements.
I've always viewed Google Apps as a service meant for businesses and other organizations so they should be targeting a paid business model (which this new change supports) rather than the advertisement model used for their free services.