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Microsoft Wins Lucrative Cloud Deal With Intelligence Community

  • CIA will be able to use Microsoft’s cloud product in new deal
  • Deal gives Microsoft advantage in Pentagon cloud contract bid
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Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp. said it’s secured a lucrative cloud deal with the intelligence community that marks a rapid expansion by the software giant into a market led by Amazon.com Inc.

The deal, which the company said Wednesday is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, allows 17 intelligence agencies and offices to use Microsoft’s Azure Government, a cloud service tailored for federal and local governments, in addition to other products Microsoft already offers, such as its Windows 10 operating system and word processing programs.