Microsoft, Google Battle for Cloud Contracts

Lora Bentley

Since Microsoft launched its Business Process Online Suite and began the process to certify the offering under the Federal Information Security Management Act, the company has been battling to win public sector contracts over Google and its Apps for Government.

 

As can be expected, Microsoft has won some, and Google has won some. And in one case, Google won an injunction to prevent a contract that had been awarded to Microsoft from being carried out.

 

Microsoft recently took the opportunity at its Public Sector CIO Summit to tout its wins in that arena. According to InfoWorld, the company has

16 new education and government customers, including Portland Public Schools in Oregon; the City of Alexandria, Va; Colorado's Department of Labor and Employment; and the City of Carlsbad, Calif.

Portland, Ore., Public Schools will be among those using Microsoft's live@edu e-mail and collaboration service for schools, the story says. According to Microsoft, 15 million people are currently using the service.



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