Here's an interesting development:
Technology consultancy Capgemini will begin recommending Google Inc.'s (GOOG) online suite of office software to its corporate customers, bolstering the Internet search leader's effort to drum up more sales to big businesses.
The partnership to be announced Monday represents the first time one of the world's top technology consulting services has embraced Google's software bundle, which includes e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets and calendar management.
Capgemini, based in Paris, France, influences the type of software used on more than 1 million personal computers in companies worldwide. Its major customers include drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.