Google lures your workplace away from Office by covering app costs

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Google lures your workplace away from Office by covering app costs

Google really, really wants your company to jump from Microsoft Office to Docs. So much so, in fact, that it's willing to pay a lot to make sure that happens. It just launched a promo that will cover your firm's Docs costs so long as it's stuck in an enterprise agreement with someone else -- your workplace only starts paying when the old contract runs out. That's no small offer when Docs costs at least $50 per person per year, which could add up to tens of thousands of dollars at an outfit with hundreds of employees.

The internet giant might not have much of a choice. Microsoft is pushing hard to get businesses using Office 365, including steep discounts on anything else they buy. If Google doesn't give companies a strong incentive to jump ship before their agreements are done, they may never leave at all. This campaign won't do much for those who think Docs is too lightweight, but it might do the trick for those who feel that Office is overkill.

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Google lures your workplace away from Office by covering app costs