US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft | 1/14/2019 | Staff
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The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced a contract worth an estimated $1.76bn for Microsoft Enterprise Services.

The contract, which is set to run for five years until 10 Jan 2024, will see the Windows giant supplying the DoD, the US Coast Guard and intelligence community with a variety of services, such as support for tools, access to knowledgebases and the slightly ominous “custom changes to Microsoft source-code when applicable”.

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Winning the contract doesn’t means Nadella and co can expect to see Redmond’s coffers immediately swell to the tune of nearly two billion dollars. Funds will instead be disbursed on individual task orders.

Just over a month ago, six Microsoft resellers were awarded a place on a DoD framework that will allow them to bid for projects as they arise over the next decade. This agreement, like the latest, was signed under the DoD’s Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI).

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One hundred thousand lucky US military employees are also due to slap on Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset after the DoD coughed $480m for them in an agreement announced at the end of November.

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