Search giant Google is now reportedly seeking a deal with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) to help sell its desktop applications to large businesses. Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke with a gathering of IBM’s key partner’s on Thursday, revealing that working with IBM would be a very important part of getting Google’s desktop applications out to more business customers.
Google and IBM have worked together on other ventures, and last year struck a deal which made “cloud computing” available to college faculty and students. Working together on another project thus wouldn’t be out of the question.
In revealing Google’s interest in reaching more business customers, Schmidt also brought increased attention to the company’s strategic moves in the desktop apps marketplace. Right now, the vast majority of Google’s revenue from advertising, and the company is hoping to expand their revenue base. Stepping into Microsoft’s territory of desktop applications is just one avenue that the company hopes will be profitable.