Judge halts Microsoft’s JEDI contract due to Amazon lawsuit

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Microsoft’s JEDI contract with the Pentagon.

The move marked a win for Amazon, which has filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department, accusing President Trump of “repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to steer” the Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract toward Microsoft in order to “harm his perceived political enemy,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

The contract, which aims to create a centralized computing system for U.S. military agencies, is estimated to be worth up to $10 billion over 10 years.

Microsoft won it last October, but Amazon claims Trump used “improper pressure.”

The judge ordered work on the network to be halted due to the ongoing lawsuit. Microsoft said it was “disappointed.”

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