Google will get a chance to compete against Microsoft to provide cloud services to the U.S. Department of Interior — another step in the ongoing competition between Microsoft and Google to win customers for their cloud services.
The U.S. Federal Claims Court order, issued Wednesday, has to do with a complaint Google filed in 2010 saying it had put in a bid for a U.S. Department of Interior contract to provide e-mail and other cloud services to the department. But, Google said, the department took bids only from Microsoft resellers and did not seriously consider Google’s bid.
Wednesday’s court order said the government indicated that the research the Department of Interior had relied on earlier was “now stale in light of new developments in technology and entrants to the market.”
The order also said the department has decided not to proceed with procuring the cloud email and services and would, instead, prepare a new request for information to potentially start a new bidding process.
“We’re pleased with the outcome of our discussions with the Department of Interior, and look forward to the opportunity to compete for its business and save taxpayers money,” a Google spokesperson said.
A Microsoft spokesperson said: “We are pleased the case has been dismissed, and that the Department of Interior can proceed to obtain the secure email system it needs. We are fully prepared to continue competing for the Department’s business and are confident that we offer the best cloud solutions and value.”