Google will no longer offer new accounts for the free edition of Google Apps

Google Apps started with the simple idea that Gmail could help businesses and schools work better together without the hassles of managing software and servers. As we grew from a handful of customers to a few hundred, we expanded to offer a premium business version of Google Apps. Fast forward to today and Google Apps is used by millions of businesses. They've also added versions for governments, universities and schools.

When the premium business version was they kept their free, basic version as well. 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. Similarly, consumers often have to wait to get new features while we make them business-ready.

With this in mind, they've decided to make things very straightforward. Starting December 6, 2012 for all new customers:

  • Individuals wishing to use Google's web apps like Gmail and Google Drive should create a free personal Google Account, which provides a seamless experience across all of our web services on any device.
  • For Businesses, instead of two versions, there will be one. Companies of all sizes will sign up for the premium version, Google Apps for Business, which includes 24/7 phone support for any issue, a 25GB inbox, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee with no scheduled downtime. Pricing is still $5/user/month.

Please note this change has no impact on Google's existing customers, including those using the free version. And as before, Google Apps for Education will be available as a free service for schools and universities. Also, as the first cloud productivity suite with FISMA certification, they'll continue to offer Google Apps for Government for $5/user/month.

With focus Google will be able to do even more for their business customers. We're excited about the opportunity to push Google Apps further so our customers can do what matters most to them–whether that's scooping ice cream, changing the face of healthcare or contributing to lifelong learning. 

Why Can't I View My Gmail Tasks Full Screen?

It's not clear why Google doesn't treat Google Tasks as a standalone service: it's integrated with Gmail, Google Calendar, there's an iGoogle gadget and a mobile version, but no standalone interface. The most recent update is that the iGoogle gadget has a canvas view that's displayed when you maximize the gadget.

The gadget lets you create multiple lists, use the toolbar to clear completed tasks or to reorder tasks, sort the tasks by due date and view a list of the completed tasks.

If you don't want to use iGoogle, the URL of the canvas view is https://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas. Bookmark the page and pretend it's the standalone version of Google Tasks.

Here's the full list of Google Tasks interfaces:

https://mail.google.com/tasks/m - mobile version
https://mail.google.com/tasks/android - Android version
https://mail.google.com/tasks/iphone - iPhone version
https://mail.google.com/tasks/ig - iGoogle gadget
https://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas - iGoogle gadget in canvas view
(replace /tasks/ with /tasks/a/your_domain/ for the Google Apps versions).

What should I do if I cannot get Google Apps Sync for Outlook to install?

 Google Apps Sync must be installed on each person's computer, who wants to use the plug-in. You have two options for installation:

Importing: To migrate their old Outlook data to Google Apps, users also need a separate tool, Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Outlook®. Users who download Google Apps Sync version 2.1 or later from the download page get this migration tool, automatically. If you push Google Apps Sync to users via an .msi file, however, you'll need to push Google Apps Migration to them as well, or have them install the migration tool themselves. See below for details.

Why am I getting: "Email migration failed. Please ensure that EMAPI is enabled and Terms of Service is accepted."

A couple of reasons why you might be getting the error:

Make sure that your domain administrator has switched on the Email Migration API (EMAPI) through their control panel for Google Apps.

  1. Sign into your Google Apps Administrator account.
  2. Click on the Advanced Tools" Tab the top of your screen.
  3. Go to "User email uploads" (bottom of page).
  4. Place a check "Allow users to upload mail using the Email Migration API.

If that has already been turned on (you'll need to ask him/her), then you need to have accepted the Terms of Service in Gmail before you can start migrating.

  1. Log into your Google Apps/Docs account.
  2. Accept the Terms of Service from Google on the first screen that pops up.
  3. If you don't see a Terms of Service agreement, the Terms of Service have already been accepted.

What is the difference between Google Apps Free vs Premium editions?

Google Apps brings simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools to organizations.

With Google Apps, users can use applications such as Gmail™ webmail service, Google Calendar™ calendaring service, Google Docs™ program, Google Sites™ web application, Google Talk™ instant messaging service, and Google Video™ for business on their own domain to work collaboratively more effectively. Hosted by Google, there’s no hardware or software to download, install or maintain. According to Google, more than two million business run Google Apps–and thousands more sign up everyday. As Google Apps Authorized Reseller, we sell, service and customize the Google Apps Premier Edition for our customers!

To get started, review the screenshot of the Google Apps Standard vs. Premium comparison chart below:

Google Apps Comparison

Standard and Premium Google Apps Services

Start Page: Begin by creating a personalized home page for all the office to use. Set up a customized domain start.yourdomainname.com . Add Google Gadgets to your home page. Google and 3rd parties have written a wide variety of Gadgets that do everything from tracking news feeds to playing games. You can pick and choose which Gadgets to display and move them just by dragging and dropping.

Gmail: Fast, searchable email with less spam. Set up email lists. Spam Filtering and Virus Protection are enabled and can’t be shut off so it prevents you from sending an executable file as an attachment.

Google Calendar: Share Calendars with staff and Gmail users. Using Google Calendar, you can add events and invitations effortlessly, share with staff, friends and family (or keep things to yourself), it’s organizing made easy. Gmail Integration Gmail now recognizes when messages mention events, and you can add those events to your calendar with just a couple clicks.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets: Free web-based word processor and spreadsheet, which allow you share and collaborate online. You can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more. And it’s free. Upload your existing files. Google Docs accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, PPT, etc. So go ahead and upload your existing files.

Premium Services
The free (Standard) version of Google Apps is nice by itself, but for $50 per user, per year, you can upgrade to the Premier Edition.
The Premier Edition of Google Apps offers the same services as the Standard Edition with the addition of:

  • Up to 25 gigs of Gmail storage space per account
  • 99.9% guarantee of email uptime
  • Ability to turn off AdSense ads in Gmail
  • Conference room and resource scheduling
  • APIs that can be integrated with your existing infrastructure
  • Email migration tools
  • Phone support
  • Third party applications and services
  • Postini mail management and recovery

These services can be blended into your existing domain and even branded with a custom company logo

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