Government to get extra MS discount

The government’s procurement arm has received an additional £1m discount on the cost of software for the public sector from Microsoft.

The government’s procurement arm has received an additional £1m discount on the cost of software for the public sector from Microsoft.

OGCbuying.solutions, the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce, said the number of ­Microsoft licences issued across the public sector has exceeded 1.5 million. Under a memorandum of understanding with the firm, this has triggered an extra £1m discount.

The deal provides discounts on desktop software under Enterprise and Select Agreement licences, including discounts on support.

Hugh Barrett, chief executive of OGCbuying.solutions, 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.”

OGCbuying.solutions has similar memoranda of understanding with Sun, Oracle and IBM.


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