Google has ended a free version of its Google Apps online application
suite for small businesses, saying it wants to provide a stronger and
more uniform experience to users. The Internet giant said
Thursday in a blog post that now even small businesses with 10 or fewer
users will have to pay to use its online app platform, a group that up
until now has been free. All businesses will now be charged US$50 per
user, per year, for the service.