Google's legal victory: Judge stops federal agency from jumping on Microsoft's cloud

Google's legal victory: Judge stops federal agency from jumping on Microsoft's cloud

Summary: Google scored a legal victory this week when a judge blocked the U.S.

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Google scored a legal victory this week when a judge blocked the U.S. Department of the Interior from deploying a new cloud-based e-mail system from Microsoft.

In November, Google sued the U.S. government, crying foul over language in a Department of Interior Request for Quotation (RFQ) that specifically requires Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) Federal suite in order to be considered for an email contract. Armed with the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (CCA), Google wanted the court to halt the Department of Interior’s bidding process until a “competitive procurement” is conducted.

In a ruling this week, Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims wrote that Google has showed that the agency violated that CCA and that, without a preliminary injunction, "the award will put into motion the final migration of Interior’s e-mail system, achieve ’organizational lock-in’ for Microsoft, and cost Google the opportunity to compete,” the judge wrote, according to a Bloomberg report.

The government agency was reportedly set to award the contract later this month.

As much as Google would certainly like to win the contract from the government agency, the suit is about more than that. In a blog post in November, I argued that a Google victory in this case has less to do with winning a contract and more to do with gaining validation - a stamp of approval, if you will - from the federal government that says that Google is a valid, secure alternative to Microsoft.

While it certainly doesn't mean that the government will now choose Google over Microsoft, a government contracts lawyer told the Wall Street Journal that the decision makes it likely that the agency will re-think the bid and agree to give Google serious consideration.

Also see: Google gets court to block Microsoft Interior Department e-mail win

Topics: Google, Collaboration, Government, Government US, Microsoft

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  • DOI didn't follow the bidding process rules--they are strict

    Google will prevail.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Google's legal victory: Judge stops federal agency from jumping on Microsoft's cloud

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      Google will fail. Goolgle simply didnt offer the architecture required by the DOI... a little crying goes a long way...
      apetti
    • RE: Google's legal victory: Judge stops federal agency from jumping on Microsoft's cloud

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      Apparently if you can't supply the correct functions or code, it's easier to sue. That's how an advertising company works.
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: Google's legal victory: Judge stops federal agency from jumping on Microsoft's cloud

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, (blah blah blah) : Once againwith your biasness. Yes. google won this round but because their "cloud-based e-mail system" is so fractured - a nice hodge podge - they in the end won't win anything.

      I predict that after Microsoft is awarded [again] the contract, Google will cry foul and whine and b?itch again. Maybe it is their tactic so that by the time they took the government for the fifteenth time [as a delay tactic] they actually may have something that is business-like.
      Gis Bun
  • RE: Google's legal victory: Judge stops federal agency from jumping on Microsoft's cloud

    Its the only victory Google will have in this. Google did not meet the requirements, and because they didn't they wanted the DOI to change their entire structure. I call BS on Google and their crying. Go back to playing with the office toys.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Google's legal victory: Judge stops federal agency from jumping on Microsoft's cloud

      @Loverock Davidson : Ditto. Google wants to get their way on everything. So they won this little battle. Still doesn't mean that they will be awarded anything.
      Gis Bun