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Bengaluru — Retail giant Walmart said on Tuesday that it entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence technology, in a sign of major rivals of Amazon.com coming together. The five-year agreement would leverage the full range of Microsoft’s cloud solutions, including Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365, to make shopping faster and easier for customers, the Bentonville Arkansas-based company said. As part of the partnership, Walmart and Microsoft engineers would collaborate to migrate a significant portion of walmart.com and samsclub.com to Azure, Walmart said. While Walmart is doubling down on its e-commerce presence to better compete with Amazon, Microsoft has been working on a technology that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, Reuters reported in June. Microsoft’s technology aims to help retailers keep pace with Amazon Go, the e-commerce giant’s highly automated store format. The Windows software maker ha...

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