Google Will Start Charging Small Businesses For Google Apps: Do Advisors Care? Hot

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The Internet giant said Thursday in a blog post that now even small businesses with ten 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 $50 per user, per year, for the service. Fifty dollars is not much for a one-year license to a suite of products that let you run a business.

However, only a small number of advisors do use Google Apps productivity suite and related products. The vast majority of advisors are still using Microsoft Office or Apple's version of the Office suite on their desktops. Google is cloud based and has limited accessibility to documents unless you're online. While convenient, a professional needs full time access whether on the Internet or not. Google's suite is also also simpler but not nearly as powerful as Office.


Google competes with Microsoft's "Office 365" online service, which offers an email service and online versions of its Word, PowerPoint and Excel programs from $6 per user, per month, which are increasingly integrated with the standard software versions. But what separate Micsosoft from Google Apps is that it mre expensive version of its suite can pbe purchased that allow you to work online or offline. In addition, Microsoft is starting to make its own hardware and its new tablet/laptop mobile devices in 2013 will allow seamless access to your documents whether online or offline and from your deskstop or mobile device.







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