Microsoft joins forces with Walmart to take on Amazon with cloud technology

Lloyd Doyle
July 18, 2018

As part of the partnership, Walmart and Microsoft engineers will collaborate to migrate a significant portion of walmart.com and samsclub.com to Azure, Walmart added. For Microsoft, Walmart using its cloud-services will give it a jumpstart Amazon's cloud services, which continues to be the firm's biggest rival.

The five-year deal between the two companies will see Walmart making use of Microsoft's cloud technology solutions such as Microsoft 365 and Azure.

Walmart is already using Microsoft services for critical applications and workloads and is now embarking on a broad set of cloud innovation projects that leverage machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data platform solutions for a wide range of external customer-facing services and internal business applications, the release said.

Today, Walmart announced that it has established a strategic partnership with Microsoft to, "further accelerate Walmart's digital transformation in retail, empower its associates worldwide and make shopping faster and easier for millions of customers around the world". This includes potential usage of modern workplace tools such as Workplace Analytics and OneDrive in order to increase productivity through better communication and collaboration.


In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the companies' shared rivalry with Amazon "is absolutely core to this". While it's best known as an online retailer, Amazon also has a cloud service that racked up over $5 billion in sales in the first quarter.

The agreement will help both companies take on Amazon.

Additionally, Reuters reports that Microsoft has its own technology similar to that of Amazon Go, which eliminates the need for cashiers (and, by extension, checkout lines) from stores.

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