Yes, its official. As I found out the hard way, Google Apps Standard will no longer offer free sign-ups for small businesses. Companies who now want to “Go Google” will have to fork up $50/user/year. This is still much more affordable than other alternatives, considering the amount of functionality you get but I loved the idea of getting something for free.
In my quest to find out more, I came across a particular Google Apps Reseller who was particularly helpful. I learned a lot from their site and would recommend you visit them prior to any Google Apps Deployment decision.