Chalk this up to a big win for Microsoft.

The United States Department of Defense has just awarded the software company with a three year $617 million joint enterprise licensing agreement.

Under the agreement, the Army, Air Force and DISA can begin using the newest versions of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Windows 8.

Apparently both Microsoft and the DOD have customized the combination of software and services to meet the (obviously) very specific needs of the US military.

Here’s a quote from the Press Release:

DOD Awards First Joint Licensing Agreement

By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2012 – The Defense Department has leveraged the buying power of more than two million information technology users to award a three-year, $617 million joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products, defense officials announced.

The deal, led by the Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army and the Air Force, demonstrates the best pricing DOD has received to date for Microsoft desktop and server software licenses, officials said.

“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.”

Under the agreement, the Army, Air Force and DISA can begin using the newest versions of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Windows 8, officials said, adding that Office 2013 provides enhanced security and content management tools.

The package has been customized to meet the specific security needs of the Defense Department.

“How do we bring about better effectiveness for the warfighter, better improved security on the networks … while reducing the cost of ownership?” DeVries asked. “We are the largest corporation out there, comprised of four military services. … No one comes close to our scale, so when we talk about something that produces a standardized way of buying, installing and maintaining [enterprise software], that’s a huge deal.”

Department officials estimate savings could run into tens of millions over the course of several years through lower license and software assurance costs, officials said.

While this is not exclusively a Windows 8 deal, large wins like this help slowly push this thing uphill.

Good job Redmond.

You can read more about this agreement here.

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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • Claire Duran

    That’s a pretty big win dude…

  • Carrie Moore

    I think that the DOD jumped the gun on this one. Why wouldn’t they just stay on Windows 7?

    • Someone who works there

      They aren’t on 7, they still run vista. They never chose to adopt 7.

      • Atul Shree

        Means They adopt all failure products

    • voleheart

      they run vista. and this is cheaper by a long shot. and this is faster and safer. and do you work at epocrates @ba4131cf6acf0c7d989d19de186320ea:disqus

  • Drake

    It figures Defense would do some dumb shit like this…

    • voleheart

      troll much?

  • Lewgad

    …And that’s how Skynet was born kids …..

  • Sgt Lonesomelurker

    One more screwup for DOD , more of your tax dollars down the drain

    • Superade

      Genuine question, How so? Why should it screw up? If they are in fact upgrading from Vista then surely this is much more cost effective than going to another os etc and starting afresh, what with all the costs of changing infrastructure and training staff. Those bills and reduction in efficiency would surely cost a bomb.

      Also how is this a failure product works perfect for everyone I know and at least it’s progressive. You all moaned about Vista but loved 7. That was just a progression from Xp as will 8 towards 9.