It looks like Google wants more Indians to shift to their Apps and Cloud platforms. In a bid to attract Indian Business, Google today announced two offers, if you are an existing customer of any apps and if you are in the contract period Google will offer its apps for free until the contract ends.
In addition to this, Google India has said that, in 2016, they will provide 1000 Indian startups with upto $20,000 in free credits for Google Cloud Services.
Both these are offers are aimed at startups and small & medium sized businesses, who generally struggle with resources in a bid to scale up their offerings.
Google Apps Offer
This offer is aimed at users who are already using corporate email and productivity software with other providers. Google says, that the startup can switch to their apps platform for free till such time that their previous agreement runs out. They will even help with some of the deployment costs. After the previous agreement is over , Google will offer a simple contract and promise it to be much cheaper than their existing provider.
Google Cloud Services Offer
India has large developer community, second largest in the world and Google wants them to develop applications on their cloud platform. So, starting 2016, Google will offer 1,000 Indian startups with up to $20,000 (approx Rs. 13 Lakh) each in free credits for Google Cloud services. Google has minimal eligibility criteria for this offer. The startups must be less than 5 years old, have less than $5 million in funding and less than $500,000 in annual revenues.
This offer is sure to help lot of startups as majority of them will meet the criteria set by Google India. You can register for the same here.
Google understands the importance of large Indian market – they recentlyannounced Android Nanodegree for Indian mobile developers who want to learn new skills but are out of resources. These Nanodegrees will be provided in partnership with education platform Udacity and Tata Trusts.