Microsoft wins municipal contract in Santa Clara
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Microsoft wins municipal contract in Santa Clara

In a recent announcement, Microsoft stated that it had won a major contract from a local government in California, beating out industry competitors for the chance to provide necessary tools.

The Redmond-based company will be providing technology to Santa Clara County, in a deal that is reportedly worth $3.6 million a year. According to county Chief Information Officer Joyce Wing, the reason that they chose Microsoft was because it was able to provide tools including Microsoft Office 365, word processing applications and other items. Approximately 15,000 people in total will use the tools to better complete daily tasks.

Wing said that while Google provided acceptable service but that the deal made sense because many Microsoft-branded technologies were already being used. 

"Google has a very good product," she said in an interview with Dow Jones. "If I went the Google way I would've still had to pay for the Microsoft products as well, and that would've been additional costs."

One of the products that could be used by government workers is the recently released Visual Studio 2012. The program allows people to develop apps in a collaborative way, according to S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Developer Division.