AP Technology Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pentagon has awarded Microsoft a $10 billion cloud computing contract , snubbing the early front-runner Amazon, whose participation drew criticism from President Donald Trump, among others.
Bidding for the huge project, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, pitted leading tech titans Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle and IBM against one another.
The giant contract has attracted more attention than most, sparked by speculation early in the process that Amazon would be awarded the deal. Tech giants Oracle and IBM pushed back with their own bids and also formally protested the bidding process last year.
Oracle later challenged the process in federal court, but lost.
Trump waded into the fray in July, saying