back to article US Department of Defense to sling an estimated $3.17bn at Microsoft resellers

The US Department of Defense has signed up for an estimated $3.17bn worth of Microsoft software via a classic procurement framework. The six lucky Microsoft resellers include Dell Federal Systems, Insight Enterprises and SHI, according to the DoD's official line-up. 895 vendors pitched for the cash, but only six made the cut …

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"this agreement will not obligate funds at the time of award"

Well that would be a bit brain-dead on the part of the DOD. Obviously the funds will be paid out in return for actual acquisitions, otherwise there is a very large window for error, honest or no.

Still, some champagne will obviously be opened in the marketing departments of the six companies, because hey, that counts for this year's bonus !

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So this is the reason Win 10 updates occur when you least expect them...

...'cos otherwise the enemy would attack when everyone at the DoD was busy with Patch Tuesday.

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$3.17bn

And it still BSODs just like Windows 10 Home.

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I wonder...

If the DoD's "Enterprise Edition" OS will show established connections to Candy Crush in netstat scans as well?

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Resellers?

Why are they using resellers? Surely an organisation the size of the DoD gains nothing from them and could save money by negotiating direct?

Trying to lock in licensing?

I'm wondering if Microsoft will make exceptions for governments, but my guess is that DoD wants to get their deal done now to ensure they get the last perpetual versions of Windows, Office and the servers/applications.

Microsoft isn't showing any signs of slowing down on the whole Windows as a Service thing, and setting Office 2019's EOL date the same as Office 2016's is a major clue that they're not going to be rolling standalone versions of these products very soon.

For $3,170,000,000 they could develop everything they need in-house and have money left over.

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