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Court annuls public tender for Microsoft software in the Municipality of Almada

ESOP - Following a legal action brought by ESOP to the Administrative and Fiscal Court of Almada, public tender no. 31A2012 regarding licensing and maintenance of Microsoft software costing up to 550.000,00 EUR was annulled. The tender, now deemed illegal, was launched by the City of Almada and prevented all the competing solutions from being supplied.

It is the first court decision of this type in Portugal. The court confirms that, according to the Portuguese Law, public tenders must include functional requirements and must NOT include specific brands.

The specifications of the tender released by the City of Almada prevented any company other than Microsoft (or intermediary companies engaged in the resale of licenses from this manufacturer) from submitting proposals.