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Pentagon confirms Microsoft has won JEDI contract

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The US Department of Defense (DoD) has reiterated its earlier conclusion that Microsoft (opens in new tab)is the winner of its JEDI contract after thoroughly analyzing all the proposals once again.

“The Department has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of the JEDI Cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft’s proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government,” the DoD said in a statement.

“The JEDI Cloud contract is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that will make a full range of cloud computing services available to the DoD.”

However for the companies that had lost out on the deal (primarily Amazon), this may still not exactly be the end of the line. Work on the project was stopped earlier this week, pending a hearing from Amazon, with the DoD confirming that some entangling still needs to be done:

“While contract performance will not begin immediately due to the Preliminary Injunction Order issued by the Court of Federal Claims on February 13, 2020, DoD is eager to begin delivering this capability to our men and women in uniform,” the DoD said in a statement.

Speaking to TechCrunch (opens in new tab), a Microsoft spokesperson said the company was happy to hear the good news from the DoD and was ready to pull up its sleeves and get to work.

"We’re ready to get to work and make sure that those who serve our country have access to this much needed technology,” the spokesperson said.

Amazon, having heard the news, expressed its dissatisfaction via a blog (opens in new tab), asking if the President of the US (opens in new tab) “should be allowed to use the budget of the DoD to pursue his own personal and political ends.”

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.