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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 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. The cloud agreement gives Microsoft more power to make its case to the Pentagon as goes up against competitors like International Business Machines Corp ., Oracle Corp... Full story

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