Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has just signed a three-year agreement with supermarket chain Albertsons that will make Microsoft's Azure its preferred cloud-computing platform, according to a report by CNBC. One of the considerations mentioned by the grocer for choosing Azure over rival Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is that Microsoft isn't a competitor.

This is another high-profile win for Microsoft. Privately held Albertsons is the parent company of its namesake supermarkets, as well as Safeway, Vons, and more than a dozen others. The company is the second-largest grocery chain in the U.S., behind leader Kroger (NYSE:KR).

Albertsons joins a growing list of recent large cloud wins by Microsoft, as retailers and supermarket chains seek refuge in the system of a company that isn't actively competing for their customers.


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