Google beats out Microsoft for GSA email contract

Five-year contract a big win for Google in government enterprise space

Just a day after a Microsoft executive accused Google of failing in the enterprise, the U.S. General Services Administration announced that Google and several other companies have been awarded a five-year, $6.7 million email contract.

Stay tuned tomorrow, when Microsoft mocks Google's lame efforts in the mobile OS space. The other companies joining Google in winning the GSA contract are Unisys, Tempus Nova and Acumen Solutions. From MarketWatch: Unisys will provide the services and implementation of Google’s software platform. The contract covers “cloud-based email and collaboration tools that will reduce inefficiencies and lower costs by 50 percent over the next five years,” the GSA said. Google, which has positioned its Google Apps business as a rival to Microsoft’s Office suite of software, won the GSA contract in a 6-month competition with the Redmond, Wash. software giant. According to David Mihalchik, Google's strategy and business development executive, more than 15,000 GSA employees will migrate to Google Apps. A GSA spokesman said it is the "first federal agency to move e-mail to a cloud-based system agency-wide,” MarketWatch reported. The GSA provides a wide range of services for federal government employees, including transportation, office space and communications.

Chris Nerney writes about the business side of technology market strategies and trends, legal issues, leadership changes, mergers, venture capital, IPOs and technology stocks. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisNerney.

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