The Tech Bet

It's Google versus Microsoft in latest salvo over the workplace

Google to compete against Microsoft in the workplace
Google to compete against Microsoft in the workplace

Google wants to take over your office.

The tech giant is offering influential outside firms a higher commission to push its workplace software to businesses, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited anonymous sources. Google wants to offer the firms, also called resellers, more than the 20 percent of the revenue they already keep from selling Google's Apps for Work software.

"They're trying to get in there with a younger generation of an audience, the folks who have grown up with ... and have been using [Gmail and Google Docs] on a personal manner," Allison+Partners' head of digital, Jeremy Rosenberg, told CNBC. "It creates an opportunity for them to get in there a little bit more aggressively."

What's standing in Google's way? Microsoft. The tech stalwart has an overwhelming lock on workplace software with Outlook and its Office suite, especially at larger companies, the Journal reported.

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The move from Google comes as Apple makes a push into the enterprise space with its IBM partnership, and Microsoft released its mobile Office suite for free last month.

Research firm Gartner forecasts spending on enterprise software to hit $344 billion in 2015, a 7.3 percent increase from 2014. That makes the sector a fertile growth area for the tech industry's biggest names.

In a blog post on Thursday, Google announced a new plan designed to streamline its partner programs. Google did not directly respond to requests from CNBC for comment about the higher commissions.

Read the full Wall Street Journal story here.