DOD says the package covers nearly 75% of DOD personnel, and it includes custom security provisions, but doesn't detail what they are.
Windows 8 has been promoted by Microsoft as one of its important mobility products, and the DOD says mobility is one of its main interests.
"[The agreement] recognizes the shift to mobility," says Navy Rear Adm. David G. Simpson, DISA's vice director and senior procurement executive. "Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and we expect to begin to take advantage of Microsoft's mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem."
Officials say the contract allows DOD to use Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Windows 8 -- the latest versions of these products. Office 2013, which is not officially released yet, includes enhanced security and content management tools, DOD says.
The DOD will use this deal as a model for future ventures agreements with a variety of vendors to develop products that meet security standards and provide as much flexibility and capability as possible, DeVries says.
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