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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brewmastre
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2006-08-01

Yeah, actually I agree with you. From a taxpayer's perspective I suppose it's technically better to have many fairly assessed options to choose from. I guess that raised more questions though, such as:1) do they need to readjust their bidding options for every company that comes along and offers their service/product? and 2) How many bids do you draw the line at? If I remember my Air Force days correctly, they required three bids. Our government is already slow enough, I can't imagine adding any more complexity to the bid process unless the plan is to always stay 2-3 software generations behind ;)

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TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Well, chances are that they didn't actually go to Microsoft to get the bid. They went to a reseller. And they probably did get three bids as that is normal practice. The reason why Google sued is because the bid required a Microsoft product. That's like Ford saying you can have any color you want as long as its black. There is suppose to be choice. All the bid should have done is list requirements, not products.

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