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Google's filing  (Source: Scribd)
Refusal to consider competitors other than Microsoft partners violates the law, Google argues

Last time a software company this big went to war with the United States government, it was Microsoft Corporation on the receiving end of antitrust accusations.  This time around it is the U.S. government on the defense, as the world's largest internet firm, Google Inc. accuses the U.S. federal Department of the Interior of collusion with Microsoft to illegally hand it email contracts without reviewing competitors products, including Google.

Onix Networking Corp., an enterprise reseller of Gmail and Google's other internet software services is listed as a co-plaintiff in the suit.  Microsoft is not formally listed as a defendant.

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.  Google called that decision "arbitrary and capricious".

It began by writing the DOI a complaint letter in the spring, in which it asserted:
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.
Google claims the DOI representatives responded with "assurances to Google representatives that DOI would conduct a full and open competition for its messaging requirements."  But no such investigation appears to ever have occurred.

Some observers are surprised by Google's decision to pursue legal action against the U.S. government.  The internet company is thought to be among the highest profile highest antitrust targets in America's tech industry.  The suit strikes some observers as a surprising role reversal.

Google claims claims that its under antitrust suspicions are fallacious and insists that it's still a "small" company compared to other giants like Microsoft.

Microsoft has been feeling the heat from Google and other "free" or ad-driven software makers.  The company recently ran an aggressive campaign attacking Sun Microsystem's free Open Office 3 suite, which some are viewing as a competitor to Microsoft's lucrative Office suite.

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RE: Hmmm....
By tmouse on 11/3/2010 7:53:14 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry bro that’s not true, we are not talking hotmail here. MS wants to go to cloud computing to harvest information on users of their products like Google does (as wells as control their software ) But that’s not what this ROI was about. I just do not see Google having a real horse in this race, now Oracle I could see.

RE: Hmmm....
By The Raven on 11/3/2010 12:50:19 PM , Rating: 2
Does Google have a stand alone mail product that is not handled by their servers?

That is what you said, and that is what I was responding to.
And for your information, we are not talking Gmail either. I wasn't talking about Hotmail. I'm saying that it is apples to apples because both Google and MS have services where the mail, docs, etc. are hosted on their servers and not the customers' own servers.

Furthermore, did you not read my quote from the article...
The DOI last year went looking for a web -documents service.

That means the service provider is hosting their documents. That is what they are looking for.

Maybe I'm not understanding what you mean by, "stand alone mail product that is not handled by their servers". Can you clarify? What web-documents service is there that MS has where the docs are not stored in MS's cloud?

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