US Air Force adopts customised version of Microsoft Office 365

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 16 July 2015
US Air Force adopts customised version of Microsoft Office 365

Working alongside the Defense Logistic Agency (DLA), the US Air Force has signed a contract to deliver Department of Defense-dedicated version of Microsoft Office 365 to more than 100,000 users.

As one of the largest departments within the US Department of Defense (DoD), the US Air Force is on the front line when it comes to countering threats to national safety and security.

The new deal sees the Air Force work with Microsoft, Dell, and General Dynamics, who will combine to deliver the software.

The agreement is likely to help the Air Force and DLA reduce costs significantly over the next three years, and is one of the largest commercial cloud contracts in the history of the DoD. The deployment will commence in the next government fiscal year.

The Air Force will have access to secure e-mail, calendaring, Office Web Applications, Skype for Business and other collaboration tools. These will help the agency communicate across active, civilian and reserve personnel and make the move towards a consolidated mobile and messaging platform.

The migration will also help realign the Air Force’s critical resources and better support its mission in a trusted cloud environment.

The combination of commercial and government services with the Cloud for Government solution from Microsoft also demonstrates the US Air Force’s commitment to building on the successful DoD Enterprise Email initiative.

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