Google is now starting to charge for more and more of their services. You could see the writing on the wall that they were going to start charging for their business services. So far they have been smart enough not to charge for individual personal Gmail accounts and Google docs. Hopefully, they will draw the line there. If they don’t, the public will look elsewhere for an email client and Googles pubic relations reputation for free services to non business users will take a huge hit.
Google could go a long way if they would announce publicly that individual gmail accounts will stay free, period. I definitely will be keeping an eye on this ongoing story.