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Google Simplifies Billing Management for Developers

Google has simplified the management of billing for multiple projects, enabling developers to pay for those projects under a single billing account.

Google (GOOG) is aiming to reduce the amount of time developers spend on managing their billing for various projects. The cloud company introduced new features to the Google Cloud Platform Oct. 17 that are meant to make billing simpler and take less time, freeing developers up to focus on actually developing.

Dan Stokeley, a product manager for the Google Cloud Platform, wrote in a blog post that there are two key new enhancements to the cloud offering's billing system.

The first update enables developers to consolidate multiple projects and pay for them under a single billing account, which should save users plenty of time and frustration.

"This means you no longer have to manage and maintain billing information in multiple places. It also lets you quickly and easily set up new projects without having to re-enter your billing details," Stokeley wrote.

It's a simple change, and one developers probably would have appreciated sooner. But better late than never, right?

The second feature is another one that seems like a no-brainer: Google has added the ability to grant others access to billing information without changing ownership permissions on the project.

"You can now invite additional billing administrators from the Developers Console who can view and manage your billing details but are not automatically project owners," Stokeley noted.

For developers, the end result is meant to be less time spent on billing and administration and more time "doing the work you care about."

Google Cloud Platform users who posted comments to the blog indicated their approval of the change, with some noting it was about time the features were added.

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