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Cloud Wars – Google Beats Microsoft in Federal Bid War

05.02.12

Google finally won a cloud war against Microsoft after years of battle and the US Department of Interior (DOI) will now deploy Google Apps for 90,000 employees instead of Microsoft Office 365. On January 3, 2011 US District Judge Susan Braden issued a temporary injunction enjoining the DOI from awarding a contract to Microsoft because apparently the DOI did not comply with federal procurement laws. Computerworld reported that Google was the successful vendor:

The contract is worth about US$35 million over seven years, the Interior Department said. It estimated that by replacing its current systems with Google Apps for Government, it will save up to $500 million by 2020.

Google’s success is a major victory for Google Apps in the highly competitive cloud wars.
 

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