How every company could become a 'tech' company
These days nearly every company is, or is in the process of becoming, a technology company. Major retailers have mobile apps and robust e-commerce platforms. Banks are getting into cryptocurrency. Grocery stores no longer expect customers to come inside to shop — they can place an order online and pick it up outside the store, or have it delivered right to their homes.
That's especially true when it comes to new technologies such as the cloud business, where Microsoft is competing with industry giant Amazon Web Services to convince businesses and government agencies to entrust their data storage to its Azure cloud. It was handed a big win last month when the US Department of Defense awarded a $10 billion cloud services contract to Microsoft Azure over AWS.
尤其是在云业务等新技术方面，微软正与行业巨头亚马逊网络服务（Amazon Web Services）展开竞争，说服企业和政府机构将数据存储委托给其Azure云。上个月，美国国防部（Department of Defense）通过AWS向微软Azure授予了一份价值100亿美元的云服务合同，这是一个巨大的胜利。