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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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ok...
By Setsunayaki on 11/4/2010 11:14:24 PM , Rating: 2
Government is the only business that has the legal power to seize complete and total projects done by other companies and corporations. They don't seize because they don't know the technology and can not update, maintain and operate it.

In the case of the American Government, the dependency our government has to Corporations for its operation makes the two entities a lot closer together.

This is why I believe that Government itself should deal with Linux Systems and not deal with Microsoft Systems...At the same time I don't believe in the "Federal Reserve" system since anyone studying monetary policy knows the Federal Reserve is NEITHER Federal or a Reserve.

As long as strong dependencies exist, Government simply will keep siding with those that benefits themselves the most and at the same time screw people.

The only real way to solve the problem is to have independency. Amazing how Industrialized and Technological Nations improving in information technology have their governments powered under private Linux builds trusted only to the governing circle for development and improvement.

While of course, the US has such big government that its infrastructure is insecure and all over the place.

Maybe this will help wake up the goverment




RE: ok...
By Smilin on 11/5/2010 2:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
I don't want my govornment in the software development business. Leave that to the free market.


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