Department of Defense Signs New Deal with Microsoft worth $617 Million
Since the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system, the company didn’t get as much positive feedback as it expected. However, it seems like finally Microsoft has found something to be proud of and make some money from their latest operating system.
Recently, Microsoft announced that they just signed a new three year licensing agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Even though Microsoft didn’t disclose the possible value of this deal but it is being reported by many site that it could be around $617 million. If it is true, it would the largest deal that Microsoft has ever signed with the DoD.
As a part of this deal, Microsoft will let servicemen and servicewomen from U.S. Air Force, Army and Defense Information Systems Agency to use a wide range of their products. It will also include their latest Windows 8, Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Enterprise edition. Out of all these products Windows 8 alone will provide 75% of OS need for the DoD.
“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,” said Tim Solms, general manager, Microsoft Department of Defense Business. “This agreement enables us to provide the best technology tools to an incredibly broad range of servicemen and servicewomen across the DoD, and we are looking forward to implementing to support their mission goals.”
Regardless all the discussion about Windows 8 and its drawbacks, this deal would definitely boost Microsoft’s Windows 8 sales volume by large number. Whether we like it or not, Windows 8 definitely brought some good luck for Microsoft that goes without even saying.
Source: Microsoft News Center