US Department of Defense Makes the Move to Windows 8

The US DoD has signed a new agreement with Microsoft

The United States Department of Defense has announced in a press release published on its website that it recently signed a deal with Redmond-based technology giant Microsoft to use its newest software, including Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows 8.

The three-year agreement is worth $617 million (€467 million) and will help the DoD save a total of $70 million (€53 million) each year, according to the press release.

“Under the agreement, the Army, Air Force and DISA can begin using the newest versions of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Windows 8, officials said, adding that Office 2013 provides enhanced security and content management tools,” the press release reads.

This is “the best pricing DoD has received to date for Microsoft desktop and server software licenses,” the defense officials explained, and all products included in the agreement have been customized to meet the “security needs” of the department.

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