Microsoft and US Government – level 3

01-11-2019 15:00

Technology companies Amazon, Google, IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft competed on a cloud system for the US Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI).

This is to replace the older computers that are from the 1980s and 1990s. An American official said that the new systems are overdue, as cloud systems are the industry norm.

People thought that Amazon would win the competition, but then President Trump criticized Amazon’s CEO. Amazon said that it would keep working on technology that will help in the “digital battlefield.”

Microsoft ultimately won the competition. The US government will work with Microsoft for 10 years and $10 billion.

Difficult words: cloud system (information that stays on the Internet and that someone else manages), overdue (late), industry norm (something that most people have or do).

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