With immediate effect from 7 Dec. Google Apps would no longer be offering free accounts. 

Google decided this week that its Google Apps for Business services will no longer be offered for free according to a press release. Services include Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and file storage for businesses.

"When we launched the premium business version we kept our free, basic version as well," said Clay Bavor, the director of product management for Google Apps in a statement. "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."

Before the announcement, businesses could sign up for all of these services for free and you won't be required to pay a fee if you made your account before Dec. 6. If you didn't however, there are now two options however for Google Apps, Apps for Business with and without Vault.

Without Vault gives users email archiving and control over more than one e-mail accounts for up to $50 per user per year according to Google. With Vault will cost users $10 per month for each specific account.

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