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Google sues US government agency over using Microsoft only


Google has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior for requiring that messaging technologies must be part of the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite in order to be considered for procurement, reports ReadWriteWeb. The well-respected blog TechDirt reported first on the suit and says it “seems like they’ve got a decent argument there.”

The Department of Interior justified its preference for Microsoft in part because of the company’s “enhanced security,” but it was Google’s first version of Google Apps for Government that became this summer the first cloud solution to win the Federal government’s Federal Information Security Management Act certification. Likewise, Google Apps were good enough for now-U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra when he was the CTO for the District of Columbia in 2008 and switched the government there to Google…

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