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Amazon Sues Pentagon Over $10 Billion Contract

A Lawsuit has been filed against Pentagon by Amazon

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The logo for Amazon is displayed on a screen at the Nasdaq Market Site in New York. Amazon-owned doorbell camera company Ring is facing questions from a U.S. senator over its partnerships with police departments around the country. VOA

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Defense Department.

The complaint, filed Friday in a federal U.S. court, challenges the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion computing contract to Microsoft.

Amazon had been widely expected to receive the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract for the digital modernization of the Pentagon.

In August, however, U.S. President Donald Trump publicly questioned whether they should be awarded the contract.

Jeff Bezos, is also the owner of The Washington Post which has been critical of Trump and his administration.

Trump has called The Post part of the “fake news media.”

Amazon has previously said that politics got in the way of a fair contracting process.

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Amazon Logo is seen at the company logistic center in Lauwin-Planquin, France. VOA

Last week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the contract was awarded fairly and without any bias after Amazon announced its intention to challenge Microsoft receiving the contract.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he’s certain that the awarding of a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft was done fairly.

Esper, who recused himself from the contract decision because his son had worked for one of the other unsuccessful bidders, said there was no “outside influence” on the decision makers.

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Esper was asked about the controversy at a news conference Friday in Seoul, South Korea.

After the Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft in late October, Amazon announced its intent to challenge the decision in court. On Thursday said there was “unmistakable bias” on the government’s part. (VOA)

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Microsoft Mobile Apps to Take Mobile Productivity on Next Level

Productivity features like Play My Emails will let users listen to their inbox as if it were a podcast, and "Read Aloud" will serve a similar function in Word and Office apps

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According to the company Microsoft, its Apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneDrive will now all share common design elements and look far more similar. Pixabay

Microsoft has given a facelift to its Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps.

Designed with Microsoft’s Fluent Design system, the changes are meant to “take mobile productivity to the next level,” according to the tech giant.

The apps now have a more consistent visual design, which includes new app icons, splash screens, cards, typography and more.

Productivity features like Play My Emails will let users listen to their inbox as if it were a podcast, and “Read Aloud” will serve a similar function in Word and Office apps, Engadget has recently reported.

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Microsoft has given a facelift to its Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel and PowerPoint mobile apps. Pixabay

According to the company, its apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneDrive will now all share common design elements and look far more similar.

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Even Yammer, Teams, and Planner are getting new versions as well. (IANS)