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State of California awared $60-million E-mail contract to Microsoft

La Times reporting that the state of California is negotiating a $60-million deal to use Microsoft’s technology to revamp the government’s 200,000-user e-mail systems — a deal that Google is bidding.

In a series of written requests to the state, Google asked that 142 of the state’s contract requirements be changed or removed. Many of those conditions involved functions that Google’s e-mail program isn’t designed to perform.

State officials rejected 115 of Google’s 142 change requests.

Forrester Research analyst Ted Schadler said that the state probably wrote the requirements “in a way that supported the way they were used to working.” He added, “When any new innovative technology shows up, the old guard is looking at it and scratching their heads.”

The window to file a legal bid protest is now closed. On June 29, the Department of General Services announced its intention to award a contract to winning bidder, CompuCom Systems Inc., a Microsoft-affiliated information technology outsourcing company in Dallas.


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