According to Microsoft 1.2 billion people use Office products and Google wants to take some of that market share away by offering it’s Google Docs platform to businesses for free, for a limited time of course.

Products such as Google Docs and Office 365 often require companies to enter into enterprise agreements so that employees are able to use word processing applications, build spreadsheets and create presentations. These agreements are long term and if a company decides it doesn’t need all the functionality or needs more it has to either wait out the agreement term or pay up for two services.

Google now wants to tempt people over to its side of the fence by offering to pay your Docs subscription as long as you are tied to another enterprise agreement. This cost usually amounts to $50 (R669,58) per user which adds up when you’re looking at larger businesses.

Once the agreement is over you will start paying Google for access to the service so you’ll need to decide whether your business will need the trimmed down functionality of Google Docs or the powerhouse app suite from Microsoft before your agreement ends. According to Rich Rao, head of global sales for Google Apps for Work, the size of your business could also dictate your choice.

In a blog post Rao explained, “For a lot of businesses, it’s cheaper[Google Apps for Work], too. Our estimates suggest that businesses with basic EAs and no dependencies can potentially unlock savings of up to 70% by switching to Google Apps for Work.For a lot of businesses, it’s cheaper, too. Our estimates suggest that businesses with basic EAs [enterprise agreements] and no dependencies can potentially unlock savings of up to 70% by switching to Google Apps for Work.”

The offer is currently only available in the US and Canada but plans to roll out the offering to Google’s global market are under way.

[Source – Google]