Microsoft Corp. will provide New York City with an array of computer services under a five-year agreement announced Oct. 20, a coup for the tech giant in its race against Google Inc. for municipal contracts, the Wall Street Journal reports. The agreement, unveiled at a City Hall news conference by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will consolidate all previous agency-by-agency service arrangements with Microsoft into a single citywide contract. The agreement is expected to save the city $50 million over five years. The previous arrangement "was complicated, cumbersome and needless to say not very cost effective," said...
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