Google™ ends cloud contract lawsuit against DOI
Search giant Google has dropped the case it raised against the U.S. Department of Interior's (DOI) refusal to approve any sort of cloud application other than that coming in from Microsoft. The case was put forward by Google with the U.S Court of Federal Claims after being excluded for the contract bidding, which involved providing cloud-app services to the DOI.
Google sued the DOI with the allegations that the former had awarded a $49.3 million e-mail contract to Microsoft without leaving any scope for Google and partners to become a part of the deal. Google, however, came up with the conclusion that it had reached an agreement with the agency, which lets it compete for a new contract with DOI. As part of the agreement, DOI will not go forward with an earlier plan to award a cloud e-mail and collaboration contract to Microsoft.
"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," Google said in a statement sent to Wired, a popular tech magazine. The company, however, declined to elaborate.
In the statement sent to Wired, which would surprise many readers, Microsoft quoted that the company too is pleased with the judge’s decision. "We are fully prepared to continue competing for the [DOI's] business and are confident that we offer the best cloud solutions and value," the statement read.
With all the parties happy, the decision by Google is surely an apt one.