The Department of
Interior (DOI) was enjoined from awarding Microsoft a contract to
provide a Cloud email service following Google's bid protest. US Judge Susan Braden issued a temporary
injunction because the DOI failed to comply with federal procurement laws.
Google and Microsoft both offer Cloud email services, but apparently the DOI's
Request for Quotation (RFQ) described Microsoft federally based Cloud email
system as the only qualified vendor. After Microsoft was awarded the Cloud
email service contract with DOI, Google filed a protest and ask the US Court of
Federal Claims to enjoin DOI. Without finding any bad faith by the DOI, on
January 3, 2011 Judge Braden issued a preliminary injunction against the
DOI going forward with the Microsoft Cloud email system. Competition in the
Cloud continues to heat up and this battle between Google and Microsoft will
the first of many headline stories, so stay tuned.