Google to Rein In Free Version of Software

Google Inc. said it stopped offering its suite of Web-based software for businesses — known as Google Apps — free of charge to groups of 10 or fewer users, as it moves to generate revenue from previously free services.

The move shows a renewed focus by Google on serving small businesses, which have long been the sweet spot for Google Apps. The Web-based software competes with Microsoft Corp.’s Office software and Exchange email service.

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