Because not all money-saving ideas can be found via an online suggestion box, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the city was entering a "first of its kind" partnership with technology giant Microsoft: The deal "will consolidate the City's dozens of individual license agreements into a single one and will provide more than 100,000 City employees with state-of-the-art computing power." In other words, the city can save $50 million over the next five years by not having separate license agreements for all its agencies.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "Microsoft's deal is a victory in its ongoing battle with Google to land service contracts with local, state and federal government. Last year, Google beat out Microsoft to provide web-based services to the city of Los Angeles. Now Microsoft has answered back with an even bigger and more comprehensive city deal that covers all 100,000 New York City employees. The contract wasn't a competitive bid like the deal in Los Angeles."

The commissioner of the city's Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, Carole Post, who said that putting 30,000 city workers on Internet-based cloud-computing systems would speed up efficiency, told the WSJ that Microsoft's proposal was appealing from "both from a cost perspective as well as the suite of tools and opportunities. But Google said, "When there is a competitive bid process—like Colorado, Los Angeles and Wyoming—the majority of customers choose Google, and the rest get a great deal on their Microsoft license."