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Windows 7: Google sues feds over Microsoft-centric bidding requirement

01 Nov 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Google sues feds over Microsoft-centric bidding requirement


Google has set its sights on the business of the United States government, much to the dismay of the government. The company filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior on Friday over its request for proposals and quotes for a system to handle messaging needs. The request stated that the solutions had to use the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite, a requirement that Google is saying is "unduly restrictive of competition."

In its Request for Quotes (RFQ), a document asking companies to design a solution and quote the department a price, the DOI restricted the candidates to using the Microsoft suite only. The problem is that such a restriction is akin to putting money directly in Microsoft's pocket, as the contract can't be completed without Microsoft taking part at some point.

According to the lawsuit Google filed, the DOI tried to justify the requirement by saying its suite offered consolidated e-mail and "enhanced security." The 37-page filing details several volleys between Google and the DOI, wherein Google points out that Microsoft products still have downtime issues and makes a case for its own Google Apps as a suitable alternative.

The only sticking point is that, while Google appears to have been jockeying for DOI viability since at least June 2009, it did not obtain accreditation from the General Services Administration or Federal Information Security Management Act certification until July 2010. Without them, it couldn't qualify as "interested party" in the contract. But those uncertified times are distant in Google's memory, and now it's out for federal blood.
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Google sues feds over Microsoft-centric bidding requirement

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01 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) / OS X Snow Leopard

I dislike Google more every time they pipe up in the news.
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01 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

How to make friends and influence people must have been missed off Google's reading list.

You cannot improve your chances of gaining a customer by going full out to intimidate and insult them.

Even if Google a correct the bad feeling created by this type of activity will bias the potential customer against them.

Salesmanship 101 anyone?
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01 Nov 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

Which is why I block everything google that I can and will never own anything HemDRoid related.

Google is evil. No Scruples, and Massive Ethics Issues.
Google is everything so many claim Microsoft to be and then some.
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01 Nov 2010   #5

W7x64 Ult.

My sentiments exactly. They get more and more intrusive. I just installed the new CCleaner and could not find the option not to install the Google Toolbar. Went ahead figuring Revo would exorcise the thing. Right. It took me an hour plus to pick that critter out of the Registry. I'm afraid to look in there again because it has probably re-written the entries somehow. I think I will see if I can just buy CCleaner w/o the Google crap. Those guys have to make a buck and I would rather pay them than put up with Google and what ever their Toolbars do???
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02 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Outlander, there is an option not to install it, it's just not easily visible

I agree with Tepid and will seriously stop using anything Google. I have set up IE9 to have everything I have in Chrome, which just leaves Gmail. I haven't been using it at all for a while now, and all I keep receiving is spam, so I might as well just disable the account and stick with the other 6 mails I have on Hotmail xD

Google sucks!
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02 Nov 2010   #7

Vista Business x64

I almost willing to ditch my HTC EVO and get a contract with AT&T for an Iphone 4 or some Windows based phone. I am seriously considering it and yes just because its a google OS on my phone. I hope Microsoft and the US government fire back on them and make them pay.

In fact, i almost willing to make a bet Google gets in some tax trouble within the next few years. Its just a hunch i have after reading some articals about them trying to use tax loop holes here in the US.

Its sad to see all the trolls on ARS saying "Go Google". ARS and Neowin alike seem to attract quite the bunch
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02 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1

Let me see if I understood this right...

The client-- all of its staff are used to and its systems operate on X product, in this case Microsoft Office. They advertise a project only for a interested company to threaten them, saying "Our software is MUCH better than what you're asking us to work with. Hire us now, rip out your preferred product and re-train all of your staff... or we'll sue you."

People advertising for work to be done should not be faced with such attacks. Either the company should be interested in the project or not at all.

Google's do no evil is just bull, this article reminds me why I don't use their services anymore.
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02 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

Google is very powerfull and has many people very high up in the Government that have a stake in it.

Google is very evil.
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02 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I find it funny/ironic that people could be anti-google....and support their claims on a Microsoft forum.
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