Google India has just dropped the prices of Google Apps for Businesses quite dramatically. The move can be seen as a challenge to Microsoft’s Office 365 suite, which remains the de facto Office suite for many businesses in the country. As a part of the new pricing, businesses can have a Google Apps plan for Rs 150 per month for a single user if they are on the flexible plan or Rs 1,500 per user as a part of their annual plan. Google says this is a 45 percent reduction in the price from the previous plans. Also Read - Bing search now finally rebranded to Microsoft Bing
As a part of the Google Apps suite, users will have access to a Gmail account, Google Drive, Google Hangouts for video chat, a Google + account, Google Calendar and Google Doc. Google says companies can safely access their data on BlackBerry, iOS, and Android mobile devices. Also Read - Android 11 not rolling out to Google Pixel smartphones in India; Here’s why
Ricky Kapur, Director of Enterprise Sales, Asia said, “India is home to around 47 million small businesses, yet only 1 percent of these businesses are online. We hope that by making Google Apps more affordable, more small businesses in India will be able to move to the cloud and access a business-ready package of communication and collaboration tools.”
In comparison, Microsoft offers its Office 365 suite for small business for Rs 693 per month for a single user and costs Rs 8,311 annually for a single user.