Report: Google, discussing alliance

Google and are discussing an alliance that could see them bundle Web-based applications

Google and are discussing an alliance that could see the two bundle Web-based applications, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The newspaper said that details of the potential partnership are yet to be decided but that an announcement is due in the coming weeks.

U.S.-based representatives of both companies were immediately unavailable for comment.

Google, the dominant search engine on the Internet, reaches millions of people with its Web-based Gmail e-mail service and other applications such as online calendars, notebooks and instant messaging. is a pioneer in Web-delivered applications for the corporate market,such as customer relationship management systems.

They both compete against Microsoft, which is starting to corral its online services together under the Windows Live banner.

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