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Google renames enterprise unit to target growing market


Google Inc., owner of the world’s largest Internet-search engine, is changing the name of its business unit, making a broader pitch to corporate users.

The enterprise unit will now be called Google for Work, better reflecting how consumers are pushing their employers to adopt new technologies in areas such as mobile and cloud-based platforms, said Amit Singh, president of the group. The unit often adapts services that were first developed for consumers, such as Gmail, maps and Android software, for corporate uses.

Like rivals Apple Inc. and Inc., Mountain View, California-based Google is seeking to push further into the business market as it looks for untapped areas of revenue growth. Corporate spending on technology hardware, software and services is projected to reach $1.6 trillion worldwide this year, up 7.7 percent from a year ago, according to IHS Inc.