Linked by robojerk on Thu 6th Jan 2011 23:15 UTC
Legal Google sued the U.S. Interior Department late last year and a judge has sided with Google. The WSJ reports that the judge of the case ruled the USID violated the Competition in Contracting Act by requiring all bids to include Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. No word if the USID will appeal the ruling.
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RE: I'm not sure that I agree...
by jimmy1971 on Fri 7th Jan 2011 16:42 UTC in reply to "I'm not sure that I agree..."
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I'm all for the government being as transparent as possible to the public. And as much as I hate to admit it, the business community is an extension of the public. (An extension of -- not greater than -- the public.)

If the government just goes and handpicks a select few vendors (or just Micro$oft) to be included in the tender, then they're not serving the best interests of the taxpayers nor the business community. The government and the "chosen one(s)" thus comprise an oligarchy.

Nothing is lost by allowing more players to step up to the plate.

I'd rather have a potentially longer and more drawn out process that is marked by fairness, openness and true competition than further reinforcement of certain monopolies.

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