GM Signs Google Apps for Cloud Based Email, Collaboration Services?

Automobile giant General Motors has tapped Google Apps to provide cloud based email and collaboration services to its 100,000 employees.

Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported that in order to get the final contract, Google would be required to meet certain requirements listed by General Motors.

The Google Apps platform allows users to access Gmail and Google Docs, which contains cloud based alternatives to Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

A spokesperson for GM, on the other hand, denied having signed any contract with Google and added that it has "not made a decision to deploy Google Apps. We're always looking for leading-edge technologies, and our [information technology] department is open to various developers".

The deal will give Google immense leverage over Microsoft, with which it is competing in the enterprise cloud based email and collaboration market with Google Apps. The deal would also be the largest Google has signed for Google Apps, ever.

General Motors has been using IBM's Lotus Notes for quite a long time now and is courting both Microsoft and Google for cloud based services. Google has mostly been popular with small and medium sized businesses with only a hand full of big clients. GM's adoption of the cloud would not only be good news for Google Apps and would make other big companies go for cloud.