Sabre on Wednesday announced a new long-term, strategic agreement with Microsoft, which will assist Sabre in cloud development and more.

Microsoft will assist Sabre in migrating its commercial applications to Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform, investing in cloud development services.

"The cloud presents an opportunity to rapidly innovate, create and deliver new business value for Sabre and our customers," Sabre's chief information officer Joe DiFonzo said in a statement, adding that Microsoft's team "will be a key asset in our transformation, through proven leadership in the cloud space along with industry expertise and best practice methodology to help us realize our vision."

Sabre also said Microsoft Azure is a proven platform, and its agreement with Microsoft will help "enhance the stability and security of its products," as well as result in better performance and service availability.

Additionally, as part of the agreement, Sabre will work with Microsoft to identify how analytics and artificial intelligence can be used to create new services for its customers.

Sabre and Microsoft joined forces before to develop an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot for agencies.

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