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Microsoft wins $1.76 billion Department of Defense contract

While CES 2019 was at the top of every techie's mind last week, Microsoft also managed to score a big payday from the U.S. government. The Redmond tech giant was awarded a $1.76 billion contract from the Department of Defense (DoD) (via GeekWire) to provide Microsoft Enterprise Services for a period of five years.

According to the announcement, the contract sees Microsoft providing services for the Coast Guard and intelligence community, in addition to the DoD.

Support includes Microsoft product engineering services for software developers and product teams to leverage a range of proprietary resources and source-code, and Microsoft premier support for tools, knowledge database, problem resolution assistance, and custom changes to Microsoft source-code when applicable.

In addition to the DoD contract, Microsoft this week announced (opens in new tab) that its Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android now meets security and compliance standards for Office 365 Government Community Cloud (GCC) High and DoD customers. The designation means that all U.S. government customers can now use Outlook mobile, Microsoft says. From Microsoft:

To meet the high level of government security and compliance requirements, we updated the Outlook mobile architecture to use a native Microsoft sync technology. This change intends to reduce latency and will provide access to new enterprise-grade features such as S/MIME as they roll out on the updated architecture over the coming months.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

  • Nice! Now spend some of that money on fixing tablet mode.
  • Hahahaha. That's Funny.
  • And QA team
  • Amen to that!
  • At least this is part of the government that always gets its funding. Idiots...
  • Not true. The DOD's funding lapsed several times over the last few years. But they raise less of a fuss about it because they are legally required to work even without pay under threat of being charged with disobeying direct orders or desertion.
  • I stand corrected then... Still doesn't make either situation any better.
  • "Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android now meets standards". Android meets security standards? WOW. No wonder China is winning the cyber war! We are doomed! LOL, really not funny.
  • The Department of Defense used to be called the Department of War! and in reality is the Department of Offense! Getting War contracts does not help the image of Microsoft....
  • Get over yourself.
  • Microsoft quietly securing the bag.
  • This is hilarious. In DoD we're still on build 16299, so forgive me if I'm not really excited about this news.
  • As someone who worked in Microsoft Federal Services for several years, this scares me a LOT! I hope that the government has a trusted agent who will make sure that the taxpayers get exactly what they contracted for and holds M$FT management accountable.