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Microsoft awarded $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon, despite employees' earlier concerns over human rights risks

"Microsoft just scored a huge upset over Amazon by winning the fierce battle over the $10 billion JEDI contract," 25 Oct 2019

Microsoft was officially awarded a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon on Friday — marking a surprise victory over Amazon Web Services, which was thought to be the frontrunner for the deal... This deal, called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, is a 10-year contract to help the Department of Defense move its sensitive data to the cloud... "We brought our best efforts to the rigorous JEDI evaluation process and appreciate that DoD has chosen Microsoft. We are proud that we are an integral partner in DoD's overall mission cloud strategy," Toni Townes-Whitley, president of U.S. Regulated Industries at Microsoft... "We're surprised about this conclusion," an AWS spokesperson said. "AWS is the clear leader in cloud computing, and a detailed assessment purely on the comparative offerings clearly lead to a different conclusion. 

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