Judge Blocks Gov't From Upgrading Email System To Microsoft In Google Lawsuit

from the suing-the-government dept

Back in November, we were one of the first to report that Google had sued the US government after the Department of the Interior had put out a Request for Quotation (RFQ) for an upgraded email system that stated upfront that the solution had to be based on Microsoft. Google, who had been talking to the Interior Department about using its own solution, had received promises that the RFQ would not be biased towards Microsoft -- and thus were shocked when it wasn't just biased towards Microsoft, but restricted only to Microsoft.

In the first phase of the lawsuit, it appears that Google has made a compelling enough case that the judge has issued an injunction, preventing the DOI from moving forward with the email upgrade. The LA Times headline and opening graf is a bit hyperbolic concerning this "victory." Google certainly hasn't won the lawsuit, and it's hardly a "major victory" at this point, but it at least suggests that the judge finds Google's basic claims credible. DOI can try to rewrite its RFQ to get out of the lawsuit or it can protest the injunction and the lawsuit will continue.

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    Darryl, 6 Jan 2011 @ 6:13pm

    Re: Re: Right thing to do

    like everyone else in the world (except 2 or 3 fanboys), they will choose MS over Google for security, and privacy every time.

    Google has a very poor record of poor products, and in using information to make money.

    So to trust them with more information would be a risk, people trust google far less than Microsoft.

    They also know that Microsoft is a company that has massive experience in software development, and product support, and services.

    And Google, we'll does not !!

    MS is a company that creates software to make a living, and they do it very well.

    Google is a company that sell advertising to make a living, and they have not being doing software for a very long time, and they have next to no experience with the commercial software development chain.

    Again it would be like the differnece between buying a car off a known car manufacturer, like GM or buying one off someone who have only ever sold cars in the newpaper.

    They might be very good at selling cars, but they might not have a clue about how to design and build a car.

    Same with google, they do search 'ok', they do security poorly, and they do software rarly, and they support their products even less.

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