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U.S. adopts Windows 8, buys $617M worth of Microsoft licences

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#1 Frylock86

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:51 AM

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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has announced plans to carry forth using Microsoft products over the next few years, including adopting Windows 8 and Office 2013.
 

Under the agreement, the Army, Air Force and DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) 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.

 
Even though $617 million sounds like a large amount of money, the DoD is saying this contract is the best price received from previous agreements, also saying they'll be saving $70 million a year.
 
Source: U.S. DoD



#2 SurB86

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

U.S. Department of Defense using Windows 8...now that's a news! :D

#3 Frylock86

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

Why thank you to the kind person who added the banner image.



#4 FalseAgent

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:35 PM

wow  :lol:

 

isn't OSX, Chrome OS, and Linux supposed to be all the rage these days?



#5 BinaryChaos

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:26 AM

I hope they aren't using Windows Security Essentials along with it or we are all doomed.



#6 Frylock86

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

I hope they aren't using Windows Security Essentials along with it or we are all doomed.

 

The package was customized per their security requirements. What exactly that entails is classified.



#7 Vegetto

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

I hope they aren't using Windows Security Essentials along with it or we are all doomed.

Funny, but that's Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows 8 includes Windows Defender which provides the same level of malware protection as MSE.



#8 Secured Tim

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:59 PM

Press release from Microsoft.



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