Walmart partners with Microsoft for cloud solutions

GE plans to standardize its Predix solutions on Microsoft Azure

Although Walmart already uses Microsoft services for critical applications, it will now be taking on several cloud innovation projects for external services, as well as internal applications.

Microsoft has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with retail giant Walmart to help "make shopping faster and easier for millions of customers around the world".

"Walmart's commitment to technology is centered around creating incredibly convenient ways for consumers to shop and empowering associates to do their best work", said Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO.

The two firms said the partnership was focused on using artificial intelligence and other technology tools to help manage costs, expand operations and innovate faster.

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Microsoft Azure is the technology company's cloud computing platform, while Microsoft 365 is its line OS subscription services that include the Office suite of products- Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

It may also be easier for the India business as Flipkart had said past year that it would adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform.

At first glance, Walmart's announcement today that it has signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft seems like it's just a major step towards boosting its lagging online growth. As part of this partnership, GE is planning to standardize its Predix solutions on Azure and will also deeply integrate the Predix portfolio with Azure's native services, including Azure IoT and Azure Data and Analytics.

Microsoft and Walmart engineers are to work together, migrating large portions of walmart.com and samsclub.com to Azure as the retail stalwart looks to strengthen its position and better compete with Amazon.

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