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Judge temporarily halts Microsoft's $10 billion Pentagon contract at Amazon's request

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What you need to know

  • A judge ordered a temporay halt on Microsoft's work on a $10 billion contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Amazon filed a motion asking the court for the order in January.
  • Amazon is pursuing a lawsuit alleging bias in the government's selection process for the contract.

A federal judge granted a motion from Amazon to halt Microsoft's work on a $10 billion contract cloud contract with the Department of Defense. Amazon originally filed the motion in January as part of a suit alleging bias in the selection process for the contract. Amazon was among the companies competing to win the contract.

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract was awarded to Microsoft last October. Amazon later alleged bias on the part of President Donald Trump against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos resulted in an unfair process. The Department of Defense claims that the selection was made without bias, with Defense Secretary Mark Esper stating the decision was made freely and fairly.

Amazon has asked for the Department of Defense to halt the contract with Microsoft and re-review submitted proposals. "All we're trying to do through this protest and this request for a legal review is to ensure that a proper decision was made on behalf of U.S. taxpayers," Amazon spokesperson Jay Carney told CNBC.

The JEDI contract provides cloud services, artificial intelligence processing, and machine learning technology. Amazon Web Services, Oracle, and IBM also competed for the contract.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

10 Comments
  • Amazon just needs to drop it. The US Government already runs on everything Microsoft so the upgrade should be seamless and integrate well with older systems. Not to mention Microsoft has a long history of security and enterprise conscious products, unlike Amazon.
  • Filing a lawsuit against someone because they chose not to use your service isn't exactly the brightest way to convince them to use your service....🙄
  • Trump's former secretary of defense writes in his memoirs that Trump personally intervened to block the Amazon contract - perfectly fitting his pattern of behavior - and people are still making excuses for the government? Come on.
  • Childish as hell
  • Get ready for 5 more years.
  • Of the Bern!
  • You're right, economy is up, unemployment is down and yet you want a socialist to become president. Hahaha
  • "All we're trying to do through this protest and this request for a legal review is to ensure that a proper decision was made on behalf of U.S. taxpayers," Amazon spokesperson Jay Carney told CNBC. Uh huh. Sure. Comedy gold.
  • Amazon might also know they can not reverse the contract but they try to do this for their bids on the upcoming contracts in order to be seen as their failure caused by political not competition.
  • With $10 billion at stake, I guess I can understand why Amazon might pursue this. Their problem is that, in order to win, they require and acknowledgement that Trump personally meddled in the process because of a personal feud with Bezos. If Nancy Pelosi is the judge then they might have a chance. Otherwise, they are seriously pushing manure uphill.