Microsoft Corp’s Business Productivity Online Standard Suite has won federal certification; meaning that it is now legally attached to no barriers as far as offering its services to the US government is concerned.
However, the Redmond based software heavyweight probably won’t have much to celebrate, for it has been highlighted now that the suite was not certified earlier.
It is important to note that earlier in the month Microsoft dragged its rival Google into a new controversy by alleging that it did not possess the necessary clearance under the FISMA (the Federal Information Security Management Act) for its Google Apps for Government.
Now, much to the embarrassment of the company, it has been proved now that Microsoft's offering of online applications for the US government – Business Productivity Online Services -Federal was itself not a FISMA certified product even though it won a vital contract from the US DoI (Department of Interior).
Google obviously exploited, and indicated towards this point in their retaliation against Microsoft after it accused them of misleading the US government by claiming false security credentials to the Google App for Government.
However, reports are that this new turn in the landscape can hardly force Microsoft to change its stand in the ongoing legal battle with Google over the issue.