Microsoft: Google lied on email deal [Politico]
The government contract to supply email service to the U.S. Department of Interior has led to a fierce battle between Microsoft and Google. That battle was taken to a new level recently when Microsoft publicly accused Google of false claims relating to its email service’s fulfillment of the federal security requirements.
The deal was originally offered to Microsoft for $59 million in exchange for email services to roughly 88,000 federal employees. Shortly after Microsoft was granted the account, Google brought suit against the federal government alleging that the process for awarding the contract was rigged in Microsoft’s favor.
Since that time, Google alleged that its Google Apps for Government had received a stamp of approval for official government certification. It was thought that this certification, given under the Federal Information Security Management Act, would give Google a leg up on the competition, namely Microsoft.
In a lengthy blog post on Monday, however, Microsoft alleged that the FISMA certification claim by Google was, despite all statements by Google to the contrary, was not valid. In fact, Microsoft even pointed to official Department of Justice documents stating that the Google Apps for Government did not have FISMA certification.
Apparently, Google Apps Premier, a different suite, had received the certification, but Google Apps for Government is merely in the process of certification.
Between this dispute and the recent claim filed by Microsoft against Google before the European Commission, alleging various antitrust violations, the Microsoft-Google tension appears to be at an all time high.