On Wednesday, Microsoft Corp., the Redmond, Washington-based one of the scintillating tech tycoons in Silicon Valley, had issued a statement saying that the American multinational tech conglomerate had shelved a lucrative US Army contract to supply augmented reality headsets, backed by the Azure cloud computing platform.
Besides, a Microsoft Corp. spokesperson said shortly after the announcement that the contract with Pentagon to supply Augmented Reality Headsets might be worth up to $21.88 billion in less than a decade. In factuality, the Washington-based tech company which had emerged as a major cloud computing service provider instead a developer of OS and mediocre software since 2014 under leadership of Microsoft Chief Satya Nadella, has been working should-to-should over past two years with the US Army to architect and expand a prototype of what is being called as the IVAS or Integrated Visual Augmentation System.
Nevertheless, the American tech Goliath said on Wednesday that Pentagon had asked for a move into a mass-scale production phase of the project, while in a blog post, Microsoft’s Technical Fellow, Alex Kipman, said late in the day, “The headsets are designed to deliver enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios”.
Microsoft wins $22 billion US Army contract to supply augmented reality headsets
If truth is to be told, latest Microsoft Corp. triumph to secure a big-money US Army contract comes over the heels of a $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract with Pentagon which it had owned a couple of years back, though the contract still remains a subject to legal dispute following Amazon.com Inc.’s complains that former US President Donald Trump had personally persuaded Pentagon not to offer the contract to Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com Inc., the world’s second-richest man whose print media, “The Washington Post,” had reportedly been linked to Democrats’ campaign in 2016 US Presidential election.
Nonetheless, Pentagon officials had told US lawmakers in February this year that the $10-billion cloud computing contract would be discarded, had the dispute been lingered into the courts.