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Microsoft Signs $617 Million Windows 8 Contract With US Gov't

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Microsoft’s products to be utilized by U.S Army, Air Force, and Defense Information Systems Agency.

Microsoft has signed a licensing agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) related to its latest operating system, Windows 8.

The three-year deal, which is worth $617 million, sees the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) all granted access to Microsoft products. The U.S. government will consequently have access to the software giant's technological developments in data center consolidation, cyber-security, mobility and cloud computing.

The deal is the largest licensing agreement Microsoft has signed with the U.S. DoD. It covers nearly 75 percent of its personnel, with the contract itself being awarded to Microsoft’s large account re-seller, Insight Enterprises.

"Microsoft has longstanding relationships with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force and DISA, and we are honored to expand our support of ongoing technology modernization efforts across all three organizations," said Tim Solms, general manager of Microsoft’s Department of Defense Business. "This agreement enables us to provide the best technology tools to an incredibly broad range of servicemen and servicewomen across the DoD, and we are looking forward to implementing to support their mission goals."

Microsoft said the DoD will have access to new tools including Share Point 2013 Enterprise, which can "unlock new levels of cross-agency information sharing," with its social communications features able to advance "intelligence and reporting capabilities."

 

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    computernerdforlife , January 8, 2013 7:52 PM
    If your workplace has "training" for Windows 7 to Windows 8, your company is a joke.
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    bisso , January 8, 2013 7:53 PM
    While reading this article, couldn't stop thinking about the Air Force controlling a Drone in a war zone from a windows live tile. Surgical attack!
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    samwelaye , January 8, 2013 8:07 PM
    A Bad Dayretrained to switch from Win7 to Win8. Hm...Well, at least it's fairly secure.


    Step 1: click desktop mode
    Step 2: learning curve is over.
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    A Bad Day , January 8, 2013 7:49 PM
    Tablet-based OS, in an environment where absolute productivity is required and where employees have to be retrained to switch from Win7 to Win8. Hm...

    Well, at least it's fairly secure.
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    computernerdforlife , January 8, 2013 7:52 PM
    If your workplace has "training" for Windows 7 to Windows 8, your company is a joke.
  • 20 Hide
    bisso , January 8, 2013 7:53 PM
    While reading this article, couldn't stop thinking about the Air Force controlling a Drone in a war zone from a windows live tile. Surgical attack!
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    Vorador2 , January 8, 2013 7:58 PM
    It's simply a refreshment of their licensing deal. most big companies (in the thousands) make license deals with Microsoft that include access to their entire software lineup.

    I would say slow news day, but right now CES is underway so this doesn't make sense.
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    weaselman , January 8, 2013 7:59 PM
    It will be more funny when the Us army starts asking for driver support to fly there drones via windows 8 more like.
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    memadmax , January 8, 2013 8:04 PM
    Very strange.
    Usually, the military is very obtuse about new tech, it generally waits a couple of years before adopting new tech anything. Heck, on my ship we were using windows 3.11 fwg's, but that's the Navy and I don't see them in this deal. The Navy is hardcore when it comes to tech, it's not just some pilots' life in danger if something goes wrong, it's a whole shipload of men and women...
    I even remember when the AF tried to jump on the apple bandwagon and someone found out ios was unsecure so they turned their back on it for a while but then went back...
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    zdbc13 , January 8, 2013 8:04 PM
    Why doesn't the Navy do this? They're getting behind.....
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    samwelaye , January 8, 2013 8:07 PM
    A Bad Dayretrained to switch from Win7 to Win8. Hm...Well, at least it's fairly secure.


    Step 1: click desktop mode
    Step 2: learning curve is over.
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    Marco925 , January 8, 2013 8:13 PM
    computernerdforlifeIf your workplace has "training" for Windows 7 to Windows 8, your company is a joke.

    You obviously don't work with the general populace, don't you?
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    jhansonxi , January 8, 2013 8:29 PM
    Vorador2It's simply a refreshment of their licensing deal. most big companies (in the thousands) make license deals with Microsoft that include access to their entire software lineup.I would say slow news day, but right now CES is underway so this doesn't make sense.

    It's also just after a large (and expensive) election.
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    hakesterman , January 8, 2013 8:46 PM
    I have no offical comment at this time. I do not comment on rummors or hear say!
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    jojesa , January 8, 2013 8:48 PM
    samwelayeStep 1: click desktop modeStep 2: learning curve is over.

    LMAO :) 
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    ricdiculus , January 8, 2013 9:26 PM
    computernerdforlifeIf your workplace has "training" for Windows 7 to Windows 8, your company is a joke.


    Where did it say the DoD was running win7? Meanwhile, Microsoft raves about how many Win8 licences they sold. How about just returning the desktop to its former glory, Microsoft, and watch people accept win8 with open arms?
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    jupiter optimus maximus , January 8, 2013 9:28 PM
    I would like to know how secure is Microsoft from Chinese espionage. I will bet right now that there is some super gorgeous and smart Chinese lady spy sleeping with a high level nerdy Microsoft employee wondering if he is that good looking.
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    somebodyspecial , January 8, 2013 9:41 PM
    I see nothing about win8, just sharepoint. This will probably be a win7 rollout & maybe server 2012, but I need no win8 comment in there. Maybe the title should be changed to sharepoint not win8. Why is this even in the title? One, the source is MS, two they didn't even say anything about rolling out win8. All companies with this big of an agreement can downgrade to any os they want. Even smaller companies or anyone on SA (used to be able too, admittedly I haven't been in the licensing end for a bit - but I'm sure this is still in, just don't know how big you have to be to get it).

    Any agreement would ALLOW win 8 but that doesn't mean they will ever roll out even 1 copy...LOL. This Zak guy keeps wasting my time. I was going to be shocked by a win8 DOD announcement, but this isn't one.
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    bllue , January 8, 2013 9:50 PM
    This is much better expensive than government agencies giving away expensive iPhones to employees.
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    badaxe2 , January 8, 2013 10:08 PM
    Oh great. I can just picture it..."Defense systems down. Must reboot and reinstall App." *Kaboom*
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    badaxe2 , January 8, 2013 10:10 PM
    I still like Win7 ftr.
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    Soda-88 , January 8, 2013 10:21 PM
    samwelayeStep 1: click desktop modeStep 2: learning curve is over.

    Sad isn't it? What do I mean? Oh, just how many people who post on a tech forum can't get what you said into their heads. And they're veterans/addicts/experts... cringeworthy.
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