U.S. Department of Defense enters agreement with Microsoft

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The U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) have entered a three-year Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreement with Microsoft for enterprise licenses and software assurance.  This agreement was in effort to modernize technology, reduce cost and increase synergy through the agencies.

Covering nearly 75 percent of all U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), making it the most comprehensive licensing agreement between them and Microsoft.

All three agencies will now be able to begin using the newest Microsoft products.  These would include Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 Enterprise and Windows 8.  This means that the different government agencies in a more uniform way then ever before.  The U.S. Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command and the Air Force Program Executive Office for Business and Enterprise Systems having been working together With Microsoft on creating Army Golden Master and Air Force Standard Desktop Configuration for Windows 8.

General Manager of Microsoft Department of Defense Business, Tim Solms said “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.  This agreement enables us to provide the best technology tools to an incredibly broad range of servicemen and servicewoman across the DoD, and we are looking forward to implementing to support their mission goals.”

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