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Google Apps for Your Domain is about to graduate

Just as I thought, Business Week reports Google is adding docs and spreadsheets to the service, and is preparing to launch "Google Apps for Your Enterprise" in the coming weeks. Soon, it's expected to add word-processing and spreadsheet services to the suite, which includes an online calendar, chat service, and Web page builder.
Written by Garett Rogers, Inactive

Just as I thought, Business Week reports Google is adding docs and spreadsheets to the service, and is preparing to launch "Google Apps for Your Enterprise" in the coming weeks. 

Soon, it's expected to add word-processing and spreadsheet services to the suite, which includes an online calendar, chat service, and Web page builder. In coming weeks, Google Apps will turn into a real business as Google begins charging corporations a subscription fee amounting to a few dollars per person per month.

The new enterprise version will kick off with a user fee of $3 to $4 a month for early adopters, and will also include 24x7 phone technical support -- something the current version noticeably lacks.  There is already a website set up under the enterprise directory that mentions this "premium" version and links to the login page for it.

"We'll get in touch with you when a premium version of Google Apps for Your Domain is generally available for your organization."

Questions were raised regarding the original service though -- like "Will they start charging current users after this happens?"  I am certain the service will remain free for those that sign up while it is in beta -- it is the enterprise version that will cost money.  Amit argues that the word "Organizations" in Google's promise to keep the service free is ripe for misinterpretation -- I disagree.  I do not think Google is trying to confuse or trick us into signing up for the current service by making this statement:

Organizations accepted by Google during the Google Apps for Your Domain beta period are eligible for free service for their approved beta users even beyond the end of the beta period, as described in the Terms of Service.

Either way, if you are considering opening an account, you better do it quick.  Google Apps for Your Domain will either turn into "Google Apps for your Enterprise" or they will soon take the service out of beta -- both signal the end of free accounts from that point forward.

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