What does this mean? Well a lot of people will have to run their own mail servers again. It’s not surprising to me, given how hard Google had been making it to find the free version, but it is a bit of a dick move to say “And now we’re charging.” I would have thought dropping the number of free from whatever it is now to five, or even one, email account would have been better. Actually, what would be great is if Google had a just email domain mapping you could do, but they don’t.
This sucks a lot for a lot of people, including me as I was thinking it’d be nice to have all my friends who are hosted here using Google for email – they know it and are used to it.
ETA: As Otto pointed out, the no-longer-free is only for new people. Anyone with an existing account is fine. So don’t make any more domains! (And now we see how IP addresses will last…)
- Irony, Google Apps doesn’t accept Google Checkout for currency. ↩