Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

Summary: Google Apps continues to replace desktop-based solutions like Microsoft Office in the enterprise world.

TOPICS: Apps, Cloud, Google

Google continues to secure its spot as one of the top (if not the top) provider for email and online collaboration software to the enterprise world.

The latest customer set to sign up for Google Apps appears to be General Motors. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is close to inking a deal to provide its cloud-based suite of productivity apps to more than 100,000 GM employees.

However, the WSJ also reported that Google must meet certain requirements before GM will ultimately deploy its software.

Those requirements haven't been specified publicly yet, nor has Google or GM announced anything officially just yet.

Nevertheless, if this goes in Google's favor, it will be a huge win for Google. Up until now, General Motors has reportedly been using IBM's Lotus Notes.

More importantly, it points towards a major shift among business customers (and even consumers) away from the old guard of desktop-based software like Microsoft Office to a preference for moving everything to the cloud.

And why not? Options like Google Apps are cheaper (companies with more than 10 employees pay $50 per year for each user), more accessible -- the latter of which matters most when it comes to collaborating on work-related projects. Google Apps is also typically far easier to understand and utilize for the average computer user, and it is more flexible when scaling for companies of all sizes.


Topics: Apps, Cloud, Google

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  • "meet certain requirements"

    Like simple requirement such as sorting? That's too much to ask for GApps.
  • RE: Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

    Yeah its too bad when it gets deployed people just aren't to happy with it.
  • RE: Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

    Yeah, my daughter has to use it for school. It's pretty terrible. It's hard to argue that the collaboration features are worth losing major functionality for.
    I wish the school would upgrade to Office 365
  • RE: Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

    This article reads like a Google advertisement and although this is an IBM Notes loss the author paints it as a Microsoft desktop loss. Is there no editorial integrity at ZDNet?
    • Yeah why no mention in the headline

      @hubivedder that the loss is to IBM's Lotus Notes? Oh right, they are "reportedly" using Notes. Are they "reportedly" using Office?

      I guess if the facts dont support the message you are pushing, you just make things up!
  • RE: Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

    you use one example and declare it a trend. seriously, at least show multiple data or your 'conclusion' is no more than opinion.
    • she also called google the largest provider for email, etc

      @liferock I doubt that is true too.

      But hey, that's all they know how to do...bash MS, er M$ all the time.
    • RE: Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal


      "one example" of really no consequence, huh? Just 100,000 users?!
  • RE: Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

    Well if they were using Lotus Notes up to now then the bar was really low to begin with. Not sure how this is an example of anything replacing MS Office at all. It just points to a company wallowing in mediocrity.
    • I agree. Yes, this is a loss for IBM, I am not sure how

      this is aloss for Microsoft as GM was not using Exchange or Office to begin with.

      I believe the edict has come down from those high up in ZDNet to imply things like that in an effort to raise the amount of posts.

      As even posting a rebuttle that proves the author wrong is added into the data sent to advertisers for ZDNet's revenue.
      John Zern
  • They'll be sorry and after a few months they'll be like all the other

    gapps customers who have kicked it to the curb and switched to Office 365. Everyone knows that Office 365 is actually cheaper once you add all the additional charges on top of the $50/head. Thats just the non functioning price
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

    Given that GM still was on Lotus Notes, this isn't surprising given their former mindshare of not using Microsoft Messaging tools as 70%+ of businesses do. Shouldn't this be focusing on the loss to IBM/Notes and not Microsoft? Heck, I would pick Google Apps over Notes for email.

    GM also just deployed 85,000 copies of Windows it looks like Microsoft Office and Windows will be sticking around at GM for the near future.

    Hope their migration works out better than the previous Google Apps "poster child" City of LA, whom wants a refund (Google "Los Angeles Google Refund")
  • RE: Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

    We deploy google apps for about 100 employees. Nobody uses the apps part, only the mail. The apps are not nearly as good as their MS Office counterparts, so we don't push it. But the mail service is great. Don't like the fact it does not sort, use a client. Thunderbird is dead solid simple to set up, or Postbox.

    Personally I use Outlook 2010 with Gsyncit to access my multiple gmail accounts. Syncs from my desktop, to the web to my iPhone. How's that for no vendor lock?
  • No Astroturf here

    I tried that there GoogleApps once. It ruined my coffee and electrocuted my dog.

    To be safe, everyone should buy and install Microsoft Office.
    Robert Hahn
  • "if not the top" provider...of the enterprise world"-NOT!"

    I am a researcher who knows a bit about the current market share in this space, as well as what's being considered and actually purchased today, and that statement is so untrue it's not even funny. I signed up with ZDNet just to make this comment. The free version has made its way into a number of businesses, but enterprise adoption of the paid version is abysmal. Even in SMBs that statement would be ridiculous. I agree that is sounds like an ad for Googe....really lame.
  • RE: Google Apps closes in on big win with General Motors deal

    Google Apps are nice, I use them, but it is not yet nearly as good as MS Office. Regarding E-Mail and calendaring Exchange is much better, calendar event reminders work better. Google does not use sub folder trees - labels are one level. Contacts are good for either hosted exchange or Google. Attachment size, you can send larger attachments with a hosted Exchange account.
    Exchange has more overhead, but it has been my experience that users are happier with Exchange. In a large corporation, users likes may not matter, or carry much weight.

    Access your home PC from your Apple iOS device by using the 2X client App from
    also has client for Android. Voted 20th overall best Android App!