Gizmodo reports that Google is suing the U.S. government over Google apps not receiving a “fair shake” in the government’s use of Web-based document systems.
According to the lawsuit, Google never had a chance to host the Department of the Interior’s document system because the winning system must be part of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite.
In a letter sent to the DoI in the spring, Google said, “We believe these Microsoft-based requirements would violate the Competition in Contracting Act because they bear no rational relationship to the DOI’s needs, are not written to enhance competition or innovation, and unduly restrict competition.”
Google and Microsoft are also battling in the cloud computing field. According to Gizmodo, the current lawsuit could have “wide-reaching implications” for both companies.