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Google Sues the United States of America

Google has sued the US Department of the Interior because its Request for Quotation regarding a messaging solution demanded the use of Microsoft software.

Obviously, didn’t sit well with Google, and I’m sure other companies putting out competing software aren’t happy about it either (does Red Hat serve this market?). Google is seeking permanent injunctions against the Department of the Interior moving forward with this specific Request for Quotation until the DOI allows decent competition for the RfQ.

Basically, the Department of the Interior is looking for a “single hosted email and collaboration services solution” for its 88000 employees. That’s one heck of a potential customer right there – except that whichever company’s order would be picked, Microsoft would always win: the DOI demanded the use of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal (BPOS-Federal).



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