Software as a Service: reducing costs


Google introduced a new low-cost pricing schedule ($50/user/year) for hosted e-mail services, demonstrating the power of the GooglePlex cloud and the attraction of the software-as-a-service model.

On 5 February 2008, Google announced new packaging and pricing for its hosted e-mail services. It will offer spam and virus filtering for $3 per user per year; encryption and filtering services for $12 per user per year (including spam/virus service); and archiving (unlimited storage), discovery and legal hold compliance for $25 per user per year (includes the previous two bundles) plus $10 per user per year for mail carried over to subsequent years. Pricing is independent of volume.


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