No more ‘free’ Google Apps accounts

I got a very sad email today from Google (actually several emails, one to each of my Google Apps accounts). Here is part of it:

“Starting today, we’re no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps (the version you’re currently using). Because you’re already a customer, this change has no impact on your service, and you can continue to use Google Apps for free.”

The good news is, if you already have an existing ‘free’ account, it will remain that way.

But dang… there went a great free service.