We believe these Microsoft-based requirements would violate the Competition in Contracting Act because they bear no rational relationship to the DOI's needs, are not written to enhance competition or innovation, and unduly restrict competition.
quote: All that's being done here by Microsoft is making the government more entrenched in their technology stack
quote: so that it would be next to impossible (and super expensive) to ever break out of it.
quote: Google is calling BS on the government basically naming Microsoft as a vendor for this solution without any possibility for competition.
quote: The DOI last year went looking for a web-documents service
quote: Google doesn't need to have a competitor to exchange if you read the article. This is around a web document service, not a client based email provider - 2 very distinct things. If we are talking email (and we are not its overall document services) then that would level the playing field with exchange because of ms outlook web access as part of exchange (vs gmail etc.)
quote: The DOI made up its mind beforehand and did not consider alternative solutions... but how is the government different from corporations? If MS entered an agreement with them then it would be antitrust, but they decided to choose ms even before going to bid.
quote: Are we going to start suing ALL big business deciding to not window shop and picks a competitor to Google?
quote: Complete interoperability is near impossible between rival companies.
quote: That's why OpenOffice went ahead and developed a standard for document format: so that anyone may read and write them.
quote: The DOI last year went looking for a web-documents service. However, it decided early along to only consider software offerings that were part of Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite, essentially excluding Google and other third parties.
quote: Does Google have a stand alone mail product that is not handled by their servers?
quote: The DOI last year went looking for a web -documents service.
quote: An omission or ambiguity in a legal document that allows the intent of the document to be evaded .