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A $20 million deal between the Bloomberg administration and the Redmond, Wash., computing giant announced Wednesday that it will consolidate software and hardware operated by individual agencies onto Internet-based computer “clouds.” They allow software, documents and other data normally stored on local hard drives and servers to be accessed through the Internet.

City officials say cloud computing will allow agencies to work more collaboratively on projects. Developers can design and easily deploy software applications in response to city problems. And eventually, the cloud will be a place where citizens can not only propose solutions to vexing government problems but learn from each other's ideas.

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