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Google is teaming up with cloud company Box to sell more Google apps for work

New friends in the cloud.

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Box CEO Aaron Levie.
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We know that Google has a growing appetite for buying enterprise companies. Here’s a bit of news to grease the rumor mill.

The search giant is partnering with Box, the cloud storage company, to deliver more of Google’s apps to paying business clients. The companies announced the tie-up at the BoxWorks event on Wednesday.

Box customers will get easier access to Google Docs and its other apps. That’s good news for Google amid its attempt to compete in this market with Microsoft and Salesforce, which recently bought Google Docs competitor Quip.

Google and Box will also, per a press release, “work together to develop and deliver next-generation intelligence to Box users searching for content on Google Springboard” — Google’s new search-like function for all its enterprise apps.

Is this a precursor to a Google acquisition of Box? Maybe. Box has a market cap of around $1.8 billion and Google has some $73 billion laying around. But probably not — we reported that Google is eying much smaller enterprise companies to tighten up its enterprise business, which it hopes will one day rival its ads business.

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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