Microsoft has secured a massive $927m contract to provide technical support and consultation to the United States Department of Defense.
This is the latest in a series of key deals that Microsoft has won with the US military.
The contract comes after the software giant Microsoft secured a deal in February 2016 with the Department of Defense (DoD) to bring Windows 10 to all 4m of its employees within a 12-month timeframe.
This was the largest enterprise deal for Microsoft in the company’s history.
In 2013, Microsoft signed a similar deal to bring Windows 8 to 75pc of all DoD employees.
Combat support network
Specifically, Microsoft will be providing tech support to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), according to Reuters.
DISA is a combat support agency of the DoD and it provides a secure cloud environment for military in the field, as well as the White House and Pentagon.
DISA has also approved Microsoft Azure Government, a specialised cloud platform for managing controlled, classified and unclassified information.
According to the DISA page on the Microsoft portal, “it provides an enterprise information infrastructure, communications support, and a secure, resilient enterprise cloud environment for the DoD, the White House, and any other organisation that plays a role in the defence of the United States.”
US military badges. Image: Militarist/Shutterstock