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Published: Tuesday, 4/12/2011

Microsoft blasts Google on security certification


SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Corp. is lashing out at Google Inc., extending hostilities between two of the most prominent firms in the technology industry.

Microsoft claimed Google has misled customers about the security certification of its suite of software programs for governments. Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, David Howard, blogged Monday about a newly unsealed court document that shows that “Google Apps for Government” hasn’t been certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Google’s Web site claims it has, and the company has attested to that in court documents. “It’s time for Google to stop telling governments something that is not true,” Mr. Howard wrote.

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