Microsoft ( NASDAQ: MSFT ) says the licenses will cover nearly three quarters of all DoD personnel. The deal was made via Microsoft reseller Insight Public Sector and includes Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 Enterprise and Windows 8. The company will work with the military services to roll out standard configurations of its latest operating system, it also says.
The Navy Department has closed between five and seven data centers so far as part of its effort to reduce its total down to 25 or below by 2017, departmental Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Nov. 26. That the department has closed so far only 5 percent or less of the data centers it needs to doesn't mean that progress hasn't been made, Halvorsen said.