Google sues US government, says bid terms favor Microsoft

Nov 01, 2010
Google has filed suit against the US government claiming the terms for a large Department of the Interior contract favor rival Microsoft.

Google has filed suit against the US government claiming the terms for a large Department of the Interior contract favor rival Microsoft.

The lawsuit was filed by and Onix Networking Corp., a reseller of Google products, in the US Court of Federal Claims on Friday.

Google argues that the terms of the bid for an email, calendar and document collaboration system for some 88,000 Interior Department employees implicitly rule out a Google product and favor one from software giant Microsoft.

The company is promoting its Internet-based suite of office tools, Google Apps, for the contract over Microsoft's solution.

It said it was told there would be a "full and open competition" for the contract but the bid request "specified that only the Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal could be proposed."

Google said it was bringing suit on the grounds "that such specification is unduly restrictive of competition" and in violation of US law.

The Internet giant said it was told its product was "not compliant with (Interior Department) security requirements," but that is not the case.

Google announced in September that three million businesses and more than 30 million people are using Google Apps, which are hosted on the Internet "cloud" as services on demand.

include products or services such as Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs and are seen as the Mountain View, California company's challenge to Microsoft's popular Office software.

The said the Department of the Interior contract is estimated to be worth 58 million dollars over five years.

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Roj
not rated yet Nov 01, 2010
Ya, Gmail is good for the Gman.
maxcypher
2 / 5 (2) Nov 01, 2010
Unfortunately, Google is notorious for extremely poor to non-existent customer service. Microsoft has Google beat in that department, hands down.
Nemo
5 / 5 (4) Nov 01, 2010
Do you really want your government using Outlook over Gmail?
epsi00
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 01, 2010
why does the government want to buy a product that needs to be updated " for security " every other day? imagine if it were a car. would anyone like to buy a car from a company that recalls their cars to fix something or other every other day?
plasticpower
2 / 5 (1) Nov 02, 2010
In Microsoft's defense.. they do have a long history of creating enterprise-grade software (think Microsoft Exchange). Google is a new-comer. I still agree that restricting this to just Microsoft is a bunch of BS. I wish Google the best here.
kaasinees
5 / 5 (1) Nov 02, 2010
This article forgets to mention that Google Apps can be run in the company network. No data will be send to google at all.

And this reminds me about the south park episode about microsoft.
frajo
4 / 5 (4) Nov 02, 2010
Unfortunately, Google is notorious for extremely poor to non-existent customer service. Microsoft has Google beat in that department, hands down.
Which products, which customers, which service fees are you comparing here?
Skeptic_Heretic
3.5 / 5 (2) Nov 02, 2010
This article forgets to mention that Google Apps can be run in the company network. No data will be send to google at all.

You do know that's a complete falshood, right?
Trailmixxx
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 02, 2010
As a Google Apps Premiere customer and administrator, I can assure you that Google is far from being enterprise ready, despite what you fanboys believe. The tools they provide would be completely useless for the number of users in question. Also, I have tools to verify microsoft systems for NSA compliance, where are googles? Oh yeah, non existant
Thier documentation and support is the worst. They close troubel tickets without even contacting me once. Thier postini filtering system is rife with false positives..... between internal users of the domain....rediculous. I am telling you Google is FAR from being ready to support a private enterprise, let alone a government system. Maybe in a few more years chumps.
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Nov 02, 2010
As a Google Apps Premiere customer and administrator, I can assure you that Google is far from being enterprise ready
Why should I believe the assertions of a new anonymous user?
paulthebassguy
not rated yet Nov 02, 2010
I have a suspicion that this lawsuit is primarily just a publicity stunt to promote Google's apps. For Google, it's more important that they are considered by the vast small-medium business community and individual consumers. Having this article in the news is great advertising for those markets.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Nov 03, 2010
As a Google Apps Premiere customer and administrator, I can assure you that Google is far from being enterprise ready
Why should I believe the assertions of a new anonymous user?

My assertions agree with his as well. Google Apps isn't polished enough for enterprise computing.

We tried it here and it was crash-tastic.
StarDust21
not rated yet Nov 07, 2010
go google, I cant stand microsoft, since gates left it has became solely a money hungry corporation that prefers sitting on their OS monopole rather that doing actual RnD, do they even have that sort of department out there?