Google: Feds Shut Us Out of Bidding Against Microsoft

By RJ Middleton
|  Monday, Nov 1, 2010  |  Updated 2:00 PM PDT
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Google: Feds Shut Us Out of Bidding Against Microsoft

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Google may pledge to do no evil, but when it comes to the feds they won't even get the chance. But Microsoft will.

The Department of Interior allegedly tailored the bidding requirements to favor its existing partner, Microsoft, over all other competitors, according to the Business Insider.

On Friday, Google and Onix Networking filed suit in the US District Court of Appeals. The D of I is on the record confirming "only Microsoft's BPOS-Federal service would be considered."

Really? Of the 88,000 employees how many do you think would *really* rather work on Microsoft as opposed to Google Apps?

Cloud computing puts the 'logical' back in technological, especially when it comes to next-generation office work.

But for now, the feds have pushed back. They say that Google doesn't even have a license to deal with the government. Which, if true, is kind of like driving a car whose blind spot is the entire left and rear view.

Google's reply is predictable: you can do more while costing less with us. Hard to imagine they're far off. In their complaint they allege that the chief technical officer at Interior told them "a path forward has already been chosen."

Ouch.

But the suit goes on to detail other breaches by Microsoft, as well as the loosening of the DoI's rules. Just little things like days-long outages and hosting data on federal-dedicated servers.

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