From now on there is an option to create an account on Force.com, that can be deployed by 100 users for free.
Force.com Platform offers a whole lot of things such as a database, integration, business logic, reporting, user interface, API, configurable UI and more. I think Force.com is still a platform more oriented on developers, then business users.
So, the Terms & Conditions attached to the Free Force.com account:
- 100 Users
- 10 Custom Objects per user
- 10MB storage per user (so 1GB in total)
- Various restrictions are Sites and processing time
Frankly, I think that current pricing 50$/user/month is too expensive for a simple app. So, Salesforce decision to offer a free version is really a good idea.
Besides, it must influence the policy of other vendors somehow. They must be pretty concerned. What are they thinking about this?