The U.S. Court of Federal Claims granted Google's request for a preliminary injunction preventing the Department of the Interior from awarding a $59 million contract for cloud-based e-mail and office productivity solutions to Microsoft.
Judge Susan Braden issued the injunction and sent the procurement back to the department for "additional investigation or exploration" after finding that awarding the contract as planned would deny Google the opportunity to compete for the department's business.
If you'll recall, Google sued the U.S. government last fall alleging a violation of the Competition in Contracting Act.
According to InformationWeek:
Court documents portray the Department of Interior as determining as early as last spring that it would move forward with Microsoft e-mail without issuing a request for quotations from other vendors, while at the same time assuring Google that the competition for Interior's business would be full and open.
The story also says that the department is not commenting on the case. Google, on the other hand, is quite pleased. Interior's options at this point are to appeal the decision or to re-examine its procurement processes-and in so doing, take a closer look at Google's offering.