Google opens Web store for business applications

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Associated Press

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 2:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 10 at 2:01 AM

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google will sell the online services of other business software makers in an effort to fill its own product gaps and persuade more companies to rely on applications piped over the Internet.

The online store unveiled late Tuesday marks another step in Google's crusade to convert the world to "cloud computing."

The term refers to applications that run in Web browsers instead of individual hard drives.

More than 50 software makers have agreed to sell their Internet programs through Google, which will keep 20 percent of the sales. The prices are expected to range from $50 to several hundred dollars per user annually.

Intuit and Concur Technologies are among the best-known software makers in Google's store.

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