Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), in an effort to help small businesses in India announced that the company would cut the cost of its Google Apps for Business suite in the country by almost half.

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Google Inc (GOOG) Wants To Offer Business Services In India

As per Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s statistics, India is a home of around 47 million small businesses, yet only 1 percent of them are online. Google wants to offer its Business services to enterprises in India at a new reduced price, so that such enterprises might get attracted to try out Google’s offering.

Previously, access to Google Apps for Business would cost INR 2700 (which is around $48) for annual subscription while INR 270 (around $4.84) for a monthly subscription. These prices are now reduced by almost half, as users can now pay INR 150 per month if they’re on the Flexible Plan and INR 1500 per year on the Annual Plan.

Google Apps offer easy solutions for web mail, calendars, cloud storage, and video meetings through consumer products like Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Hangouts. Businesses can access their data and services from the web and also from different mobile phone platforms like Android, iOS, or BlackBerry.

“By making Google Apps more affordable, we hope more small businesses in India will be able to access a business-ready package of communication and collaboration tools and reap the benefits of working in the cloud.” says Judy Chang, Product Manager of Google Apps for Business.

Small businesses can often not invest their money in purchasing Microsoft Office suite and in such a case, Google Apps seems to be a good alternative as a business suite, with additions such as web mail, cloud storage, calendar and more.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) last year has announced that it will be ending free access to Google Apps. In such a situation, the new reduced price will be a great benefit to Indian users.