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Microsoft Poaches 84,500 Government Users from Google in $94 Million Contract

Microsoft has won a contract to provide Office 365 and email to the Interior Department, regaining it from Google after its previous iteration resulted in a legal battle.


is continuing to win government contracts, this time gaining 84,500 users who were previously on Apps for Government. According to Federal News Network, a $94 million, 10-year contract was awarded by the Interior Department to Planet Technologies, who will migrate the users to .

“The cloud based solution will support DOI employees by improving work collaboration methods, documentation flows, communication capabilities, streamlined email usage and management and overall increased business performance of DOI's mission, cost and support objectives,” says the statement of work. “DOI goals include developing an integrated partnership to build a project that transitions accounts, data, technical controls, or access capabilities and applications that make up the current cloud email and collaboration system into a modernized, secure, service enriched, email and collaboration system.”

As noted by FNN, the $9.4 million a year marks a significant increase in costs. 2012 migration costs came in at around $7 million, but the technology has improved significantly since then.

Google did not protest its loss of the bid, despite it being one of its biggest. Its response is surprisingly mellow compared to the drama that arose when it won it in 2012. The contract was initially won by Microsoft in 2010, but a Google legal appeal led to withdrawal and Google's win.

Microsoft recently beat Google to win the $8 billion DOES contract, which provided email and collaborative tools to the DoD. However, Microsoft is still fighting Amazon for the much-sought JEDI contract, a $10 billion deal that been the subject of much debate. The results were expected by now, but it's currently being reviewed by the Pentagon after calls for it to be a multi-vendor solution.

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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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