Google Sues the Gov't Over Microsoft-Only RFQ

Google Sues the Gov't Over Microsoft-Only RFQ

Google has sued the U.S. government, specifically, the Department of the Interior, over a Request for Quotation (RFQ) that only considered bidders that offered Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite. Google said the requirement was "unduly restrictive of competition."

The complaint (PDF, 37 pages) was filed last Friday by Google and partner Onix Networking Corp. in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The filing seeks an injunction to prevent the DOI from moving forward with the bidding process unless it opens it up to accept bids from vendors offering differing technologies from Microsoft's.


Google's complaint also cites security and reliability issues with Microsoft's online suite. Meanwhile, the DOI said that Microsoft had two things that other solution providers did not: unified/consolidated email and "enhanced security." Obviously those two points of view are at odds.

However, while Google protested the RFQ when it was released, the GAO dismissed the protest, saying that Google was "not an interested party" as the company did not have a GSA schedule contract until July 2010 (a GSA schedule contract is necessary for Google to get federal business).
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It'd be nice to be able to report spammers like this.

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JStewart:

It'd be nice to be able to report spammers like this.

We usually get them.

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Wow the lawyers at google are really stupid, you cannot sue the US Government for not accepting an RFQ. Even if it wasnt the govt but say IBM that was looking for the exact same thing, google still couldnt sue them since when you ask companies to give you an RFQ with certain terms attached to it and your company cannot provide the terms in your quote then obviously the company will be throwing your quote in the trash. This was a stupid move by google, hopefully they will learn as this suit will be thrown out with google loosing lots of money and even facing stiff penalties for bringing a suit with no legal ground to stand on against the govt.

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How is Google stupid?

U.S. Gov: "We're accepting bids for productivity suites".

Google: "Yay! Here's the low cost Google Apps solution."

U.S. Gov: "Hahah.. No, we already decided the exact product/vendor (i.e. the person who's going to win the bid), but thanks for wasting your time."

Microsoft: "Yay! Let's charge full price for MS Office!"

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anyone else have mass problem with outlook and no problems with Gmail.

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sKrappy:
mass problem with outlook

That's why I went to Gmail, and I never looked back.

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