Google together with its Onix Networking as its partner was awarded with the $35 million contract to handle the new cloud-based email and collaboration system of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
In 2010, Microsoft was awarded with $59.3 million contract to handle the Department of the Interior’s email and collaboration system. With this award, Onix Networking – based in Ohio – and Google filed a lawsuit before long to prevent the contract. According to Google, the U.S. Department of the Interior was unfair in giving the favor to Microsoft as it never gave them a fair chance. As the Interior Department disposed the plans to utilize the solution of Microsoft as well as decisions change – “now stale in light of new developments in technology and entrants into the market.” – Google also withdrew the lawsuit that they filed last September.
Microsoft and Google’s arguments intensified last summer at some point. Microsoft claimed that Google has a false advertisement about their solution and was accredited by the General Services Administration for government agencies’ use.
When it’s done, the U.S. Department of the Interior will be the second government agency to change to the cloud service by Google. The General Service Administration was the first agency to make the switch. Several state governments also changed the services to Google’s solution recently.