Microsoft has signed two major licensing agreements with government departments.
A three-year enterprise agreement with HM Revenue and Customs covers 104,000 desktops across the UK and includes Windows, Office Professional, portal software Sharepoint, Systems Management Server and Exchange.
HMCR said the deal would create “substantial cost savings” but declined to say how much.
By co-ordinating negotiation for the deal with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the Office of Government Commerce had created greater savings than if the departments had worked alone, said Mark Forth, commercial director at HMRC.
The deal between Microsoft and the DWP provides a two-year license for Microsoft products. Kenny Robertson, director of service delivery, at DWP said, “We are very pleased with Microsoft’s ability to work across government boundaries to find the best strategic solution for our businesses.
Our recent adoption of an enterprise agreement complements our strategic direction on the desktop and they have been in the trenches with us as we prepare the technical aspects to migrate our estate to XP.”