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US DoD to bring Windows 8 to 75% of employees, signs deal with Microsoft

US DoD signs three-year licensing agreement for Windows 8, Office 2013

By Trace Hagan from Jan 4, 2013 @ 14:32 CST

At least one major employer feels Windows 8 is the right thing to have in the workplace. The US Department of Defense has signed a new deal with Microsoft to bring the latest version of Windows to 75 percent of its employees. The three-year licensing agreement will see Windows 8, Office 2013, and SharePoint 2013 Enterprise to 75 percent of DoD personnel.

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This is Microsoft's biggest deal yet, valued at around $617 million. The Army believes it will save $70 million a year because of the upgrade.

"There's a move afoot throughout the department to bring about efficiencies in the [information technology] world," David L. DeVries, DOD deputy chief information officer, told American Forces Press Service. "We took a long, hard look at it ... realizing that the Department of Defense relies upon the network and upon information technology to do its business."

Is this the start of Windows 8 catching on?

NEWS SOURCES:Techcrunch.com


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