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Google Reopens Microsoft's Department of Interior Win

So, this is how it's going to be in the cloud. Forget technology, innovation, service or anything else. It's going to be a legal battle.

At least that's what's shaping up right now in Microsoft's deal to provide the U.S. Department of the Interior with IT and cloud services. Actually, Google filed suit a while back, claiming that it didn't have a fair shot at the DOI contract. And, as it turns out, a court agreed...with Google.

There's a freeze on in the cloud now, at least as far as the Department of the Interior and Microsoft are concerned. However, as we've said here before, it sure seems as though Google got its shot with this deal and just didn't cut the mustard.

But that's the industry today, and Microsoft is as bad as anybody else about this: If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em. So, as the snow melts in the Northeast, a freeze begins in Washington. We'll see what the thaw brings.

What's your take on Google winning in court? Send it to lpender@rcpmag.com.

Posted by Lee Pender on January 06, 2011 at 11:57 AM

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Fri, Jan 7, 2011 Tom

If I understand correctly DOI was requiring a BPOS solution which could be offered by Microsoft partners. In any event what ever happened with the GSA contract awarded to Unisys which was to implement Google Apps? Didn't the GSA stipulate that data ctrs need to be in the cont US and Alaska? And didn't the Google Apps solution (which won) NOT guarantee that? THAT sounds unfair.

Thu, Jan 6, 2011 80's Rocker

It is totally ridicules and Google is showing how desperate they are to beat MS anyway they can. They do not have a product that meets the requirements and that is why they were not even considers. Plus, a company or government should be able to narrow down their search for products before asking for RFP's. There have been many government RFP's that I would not be considered to get simply because I don't meet minmum requirements. I could not sure those companies. So how is this any different. Things like this make me hate Google as much as I do Apple.

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