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

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 (opens in new tab) via: Microsoft News (opens in new tab); Thanks, Kenneth, for the tip!

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

42 Comments
  • How about an update for Att 8x! Jeez!
  • so much for the windows 8 fatalists screaming it's the death of microsoft. 
  • Seriously.
  • 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.
  • Doesn't say anything about WP8 actually
  • Maybe they'll add it in the future?
  • The admiral did say "mobile-first focus"...
  • Their probably replacing their Kevlar vests with lumia 920s!
  • *They're
  • Lol
  • I see what you did "their"... Lol.
  • You can edit comments you know...
  • LOL
  • Lol
  • The 920 aka the TANK!!!
  • 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.
  • Just don't let it fall on the corner of it or the glass is gone
  • 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!
  • Now if we could just get the Surface into the hands of Cobra....
  • 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
  • $617,000,000 is a few?
  • Joke
  • 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
  • If the Army issued me a Surface my day would be made. The computer we use still has XP on it.
  • Well Microsoft is getting rid of XP support soon. It is about time.
  • Dude right. The navy needs to jump on the surface train
  • My office is going to let me buy a Lenovo with Windows 8. I just have to choose one now.
  • I have an X1 Carbon 3444-54U. It's pretty badass.
  • Looks like I got out of the navy too soon....
  • C'mon. Sign windows phones. PLEASE!!
  • 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.
  • Yet equally stupid. And you could be writing the comment with the iphone.
  • This is great news! The future begins!
  • Nice. I really love Windows 8, its concept; its design, its obscenly cool UI. Good job MS.
  • 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.
  • Kiss that google
  • I saw the headline and thought they were getting a few million Xboxes.
  • They Navy blew all that console cash on PS3's for that killer processor it has.
  • I Love that a Canadian toonie is in a picture about the US DOD.