Google has sued the US Department of the Interior for allegedly choosing to use Microsoft's e-mail and collaboration services without seriously considering Google Apps.
The lawsuit, which was first spotted by Eric Goldman, a law professor at the Santa Clara University, claims that the DOI's decision to use Microsoft over other companies was “unduly restrictive of competition”.
According to the lawsuit filing, the Department of the Interior announced an RFQ (request for quotation) for hosted e-mail and collaboration services for 88,000 people across the agency.
The RFQ specified that the department will only consider contract proposals that involve the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite.
Google said in the complaint: “Significantly, the SOW (statement of work) and even certain terminology were closely aligned with Microsoft's product literature for its Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Communications Online applications.”
“This was because the DOI had defined its needs and requirements around the Microsoft products,” the company claimed.