Department Of The Interior Sued By Google

There should be an image here!Yesterday Chris asked the big question as to whether or not Google is overstating the DOI’s stance on using Microsoft products . My view of this is rather simple. If we were talking about a huge national enterprise, choosing to sue would be silly and completely ridiculous. But what about when the enterprise situation is part of the national government — the Department of the Interior?

Obviously this is only an issue if Google wasn’t given an opportunity to place a bid for a contract, like with other government contracts. And then there is the fact that Microsoft Office is a bit more mature than Google’s. Don’t misunderstand me, I personally don’t care for Microsoft Office products. However, there is no denying that Google product options are not as familiar or easily accessible as those offered by Microsoft.

The smoking gun in this case unfortunately for Google is its lack of a GSA schedule contract with the U.S. Government. In short, Google doesn’t have a leg to stand on with its lawsuit. Personally I believe the answer for Google is to work on getting Gmail and its other Web products up to enterprise standards, then make a real attempt at underbidding Microsoft rather than trying to sue a future customer. Just a passing thought…

[Photo above by Brian Turner / CC BY-ND 2.0]