After being hammered by negative news over Windows 8 and their new Surface Tablet, Microsoft finally gets some much needed help and hope. The U.S. Army, U.S. Airforce, and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) have entered into a three-year Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreement for software and enterprise licenses.
This agreement will provide the organizations a single vehicle for accessing the latest Microsoft technologies to support top IT priorities around data center consolidation, collaboration, cyber security, mobility, cloud computing and big data. This comprehensive licensing agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will cover nearly 75% percent of all their personnel. The new contract was awarded to Insight Public Sector, a division of Insight Enterprises Inc., one of the largest global Microsoft Large Account Resellers.
As part of the agreement, all three organizations can start using the newest versions of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office 2013, Sharepoint 2013 Enterprise, and Windows 8. The mobile DoD workforce will use Windows 8 and benefit from productivity from any location, any device and enhanced security. The ability to standardize on Sharepoint 2013 Enterprise will add new levels of cross-agency information sharing and social communication features while powering advanced business intelligence and reporting capabilities.
Lets hope that this is the boost Microsoft needs for its products and software, especially Windows 8. Will it be the win that they’ve been hoping for? It just might be. If Microsoft is secure enough for the DoD it’s secure enough for everyone.