Government gets another £1m off the cost of Microsoft software


Government gets another £1m off the cost of Microsoft software

Antony Savvas

The government’s procurement arm says it has received a further £1m discount on the cost of public sector software from Microsoft., the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), has announced that the number of Microsoft licences issued across the public sector has exceeded 1.5m. Under the OGC’s memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the company, this has triggered an extra £1m discount.

The MoU provides discounts on desktop software under enterprise and select agreement licences, including discounts on support packages. has a number of MoUs with IT suppliers, as well as the one with Microsoft, which helped contribute to the total of £412m in savings made by the organisation last year.

Hugh Barrett, chief executive of, said, “The new discount available on enterprise agreements can now be enjoyed by all public sector bodies and the savings can be reinvested into front-line public services.” also has MoUs with Sun Microsystems, Oracle and IBM.

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