The company doesn't work with the USA government.
Following details of the involvement of Google in Project Maven became known, thousands of employees at Google signed petitions asking for the company to leave the project and dozens resigned as a show of protest.
As part of its latest push to win government workloads, Microsoft said over the last six months it expanded FedRAMP, the certification that ensures the government's strict security and compliance standards, across more than 40 services that advance the provider's "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge" strategy.
The missive quotes a report by the US Office of Management and Budget which called for greater use of hybrid cloud systems run by multiple vendors.
Google will not be competing for the Pentagon's estimated $10bn cloud computing contract.
Google has dropped out of the competition for a Defense Department cloud computing contract, saying the project may create clashes with its corporate values.
The Tech Workers Coalition claimed pressure from Google employees was the true reason for Google's exit.
IBM will submit a bid for the JEDI contract, one that "provides our warfighters as much flexibility and innovation as possible within the scope of the JEDI solicitation", Gordy wrote. Bids are due October 12.
Microsoft now offers 50 services across its US regions that are authorized at the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program's Moderate level, meaning that a loss of confidentiality, integrity and availability on those systems would result in "serious adverse effects on an agency's operations, assets or individuals". Some Google employees reportedly quit over the company's work on Project Maven, which is a drone initiative from the United States government and Google employees believed that the project end up weaponizing the AI research.
This is partly because the company's new ethical guidelines do not align with the project, Google said on Monday, without elaborating.
IBM also sees the deal as anti-competitive, and tilted in favor of a particular vendor - unnamed but most likely Amazon Web Services. "Google Cloud believes that a multi-cloud approach is in the best interest of government agencies, because it allows them to choose the right cloud for the right workload".
The department also said it expects "to maintain contracts with numerous cloud providers to access specialized capabilities not available under the JEDI Cloud contract".