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Google sues US Gov over Microsoft shoo-in

Google is suing the United States of America because is refuses to even consider software other than that provided by convicted monopolist Microsoft.

More specifically, Google and its partner outfit Onix Networking, have worked themselves into a litigious frenzy of the US Department of the Interior's (DOI) decision to use Micrososoft applications for its e-mail and messaging needs, and to stick its fingers in its ears and go 'laaa laaa laaa laaa' if anyone offered a different solution.

According to the court papers filed last week, the DOI recently decided to consolidate all of its 88,000 staff members onto a single mail and messaging platform.

Thinking this might be a nice little earner, Google contacted the DOI several times before it issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to offer Google Apps, claiming it offers technical and cost-saving benefits.

Despite all of this, and assurances from the DOI that the tendering process would be open to all, the resultant RFQ specified that only Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite Federal could be proposed on the grounds of 'limited source justification'.

Google had already confirmed that its offering met all of the criteria outlined in the tender and had several meetings with DOI representatives but it transpired at a later meeting that, despite Google's best efforts, a "path forward had already been chosen" because Google Apps did not meet the DOI's security requirements.

The way we read it, Google was told that its security was not up to scratch. Google asked for further details on the DOI's security arrangements so that it could see if its security was, indeed, deficient. The DOI declined to give details of its security arrangements on the grounds of... erm, security.

So Google went ahead and built an entirely new cloud-based version of Google Apps sandboxed into a Government-only digital ecosystem with every bit of security and certification known to man and offered that to the DOI on a silver platter with a nice ribbon on it but no-one was paying attention because they were already conducting a 5,000-user pilot of the Microsoft software and had been doing so for months.

Google's request to conduct a similar trial using its own offerings were allegedly ignored.

Which left Google feeling so insecure it has decided to take legal action.

You can read the court papers here.