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U.S. Department of Defense contracts with Microsoft for a few million

Department of Defense contracts with Microsoft

The U.S. Department of Defense has announced a three year licensing agreement with Microsoft for a cool $617 million.

The agreement allows the Army, Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency to begin using the newest versions of Microsoft products such as Office 2013, Sharepoint 2013 and Windows 8.

The agreement also advances the Department of Defense's continued focus on mobile computing. Navy Rear Admiral David G. Simpson commented,

“[The agreement] recognizes the shift to mobility. Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and we expect to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem.”

All totaled, the licensing agreement should save the Department of Defense tens of millions through lower license and software assurance costs.

No word if the Department of Defense will start issuing Windows Phones or Surface tablets to the troops, buy ya' never know.

source: Department of Defense via: Microsoft News; Thanks, Kenneth, for the tip!

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U.S. Department of Defense contracts with Microsoft for a few million

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BTW, not sure why an image of a Windows Phone was used for this post when Windows Phone is not mentioned as part of the contract.

So much for those knuckleheads screaming for VPN support. Think the DoD has a need? Do you think they would move to WP8 if it weren't secure (or able to be secured) as a platform? Duh.

I know that if I was in the field I'd want a Lumia 920 on my side. Something I could actually abuse and not have to worry about it.

Mine dropped yesterday on the corner in my paved driveway...one little scratch. It was about a 3 ft drop.

Yup my gf dropped hers and the screen shattered. I wouldn't tout it as being indestructible like alot of people think... Don't let those videos fool you!

Well the lumia 920 is probably resistant to explosives/shrapnel, if they were ever to issue a service smartphone to the troops that would be the best one

Since the government usually talks in billions and trillions to them talking about millions is like us talking about hundreds of dollars, or somethig in the low thousand. Especially when this cost is spread over several years

The ratio is much less than that.  For the sake of comparison, I assumed a single year budget, although the contract would be paid out over several years in actuality.  The ratio when compared to a "typical" household budget, which I defined as $100,000 for simplicity would be $16.23:
 

3,800,000,000,000.00 U.S. 2013 Budget
617,000,000.00 Microsoft Contract

100,000.00 Assumed Household Budget
16.23 Adjusted Microsoft Contract

A buddy of mine has a balcony on the second floor. Drive way underneath with gravel rocks. Dropped and iPhone 5 and my 920 at the same time. Guess who still has a phone with a minor scratch on one side. U guessed it, the guy writing this comment.

This is nothing new. The military has contracted for copies of Office in the past. They had a program where I got Office for $15.