Business software heads for the clouds as Google beats Microsoft to Los Angeles deal

Google has won its highest-profile customer in its battle with Microsoft to provide e-mail and other internet services to businesses.Los Angeles City Council has approved a multimillion-dollar proposal to use Google’s range of office products for its 30,000 workers.The deal could be a landmark for the search giant as it seeks to wrest market share for office software from Microsoft and IBM. It introduced Google Apps, which includes e-mail, word processing and spreadsheet tools, three years ago.

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