Written by Pavan Kumar on June 22, 2009
I have used Google Apps since the beginning of my internet career with this site and have loved the features it provides. Recently I was helping a friend in setting up his domain e-mail and I recommended him the Google Apps as I was happy with it. He shot a mail back complaining that he could not find a free version of Google Apps. Let me tell you what exactly has gone wrong with Google Apps Free version and the solution to sign up free.
Recently when I checked the Google Apps page, even I was confused to see how to register for free. Google has always done good for users, but now it has gone evil with promoting its business edition of Apps. If you visit the Google Apps home page linked above, you will notice only the business version and its details. Even the sign up links given there is of business edition. They also offer you a free trial (demo) – but no free version.
Returning users have no problem as they can just enter their domain specific login page from home page itself, but all problems for those who want to sign up as a new user.
Here is how to work it out.
Click See details and sign up. The big blue button to sign up.
Now, you will see the details page and there you can locate the standard edition link. Yes, Google does not want to promote their free edition – but now you found it. Sign up! Did you get it? Click on link – Not a Business? Explore Standard Edition.
OK, here is the quick link for your convenience and my future reference. No one knows, Google may remove that link too and place in some footer which is 1000 pixels below the actual page 😉
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