Google Apps Free Edition is no longer available. Google Apps has removed the free edition sign up for new customers.
So it is with real sadnesss, that I received an email from the Google Apps team. The email stated that they would not provide Google Apps free Edition anymore. I hate to say it but that really sucks.
With all my clients who make use of my hosting services, this was an option that I always recommended. The uptime of 99.9% was great and that meant that i didn't have to deal with any email issues. So unfortunately Google Apps has decided to bring the end to that service.
Those existing clients that have the free edition will not be affected. You will still have the service, they will not be allowing for new signups. Also current Google Apps free edition clients can upgrade to Google Apps for Business for $5 per user, per month. Google Apps for Education is still free for Universities and Schools.
Oh well it is what it is. For more information check out the Enterprise Blog
Here is a screenshot of the email I received from Google Apps.