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US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the fly-fighter-jets-with-solid-color-rectangles dept.

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Dupple writes with news that Microsoft has signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and the Defense Information Systems Agency to modernize the software those organizations use. According to Microsoft, the deal will cover 75% of all Department of Defense personnel, and bring to them the latest versions of SharePoint, Office, and Windows. The deal awards Microsoft $617 million, which is after discounts to the software totaling in the tens of millions. Interestingly, DISA's senior procurement executive said, "[The agreement] recognizes the shift to mobility. Microsoft is committed to making sure that the technology within the agreement has a mobile-first focus, and we expect to begin to take advantage of Microsoft’s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem."

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Mobile. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481277)

"a mobile-first focus, and we expect to begin to take advantage of Microsoftâ(TM)s mobile offerings as part of our enterprise mobility ecosystem."
NURSE!

Re:Mobile. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482383)

What the hell does Mocrosoft know about mobile?

Re:Mobile. (0)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483009)

What the hell does Mocrosoft know about mobile?

You will be surprised how much they had learned from the failure of Nokia

Hope it's not windows 8 (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481285)

Hope it's not windows 8 on the desktop / laptops.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (4, Informative)

idontgno (624372) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481443)

Too bad. It most certainly is:

As part of this agreement, all three organizations can begin using the newest versions of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 Enterprise and Windows 8. The ability to standardize on SharePoint 2013 Enterprise will unlock new levels of cross-agency information sharing through improved enterprise search and social communications features while powering advanced business intelligence and reporting capabilities. Access to Office 2013 will equip each organization with the latest versions of productivity tools that personnel rely on every day, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. The increasingly mobile DoD workforce will also use Windows 8 to empower productivity from any location, and any supported device, while taking advantage of enhanced security. The U.S. Armyâ(TM)s Network Enterprise Technology Command headquartered at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and the Air Force Program Executive Office for Business and Enterprise Systems at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex in Alabama, have been working closely with Microsoft on achieving Army Golden Master and Air Force Standard Desktop Configuration compliance for Windows 8.

As the names imply, those two named configurations (Army Golden Master and Air Force Standard Desktop Configuration) are the standard desktop deploy images for the overwhelming majority of the normal day-to-day systems for those respective two services... and they're definitely transitioning to 8. So yaaay. I definitely picked a good time to get the hell out of the service.

and how well will that work?? (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481825)

and how well will that work?? will they be desktop mode most of the time??? What about non metro apps.

What about the army mac os severs?

Re:and how well will that work?? (5, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481933)

It's easy.

They'll all be touch screens with custom launches for the military market. Where you and I might see "marketplace" or "social" or "XBox Live", they'll get options like "Attack" "Retreat" and "Leak classified documents to Assange"

Idiotproof, really.

Re:and how well will that work?? (4, Insightful)

PCM2 (4486) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482857)

and how well will that work?? will they be desktop mode most of the time???

Probably. I know my Windows 8 machine is. It's basically just Windows 7, only it uses fewer resources. Don't believe the people who tell you the Start Screen is some kind of apocalypse. It's easy to ignore. I think it would be a dumb move for the military to sign a deal like this only to stick with Windows 7, actually.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (2)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481981)

Maybe it will be good: A contract this large, they could easily insist that special GPOs be created that allow locking a desktop into desktop-only mode; and possibly (fingers crossed) such a gpo could trickle down to the rest of us.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (4, Interesting)

mlts (1038732) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482441)

I'm going to be a bit of a devil's advocate:

There is one good thing about Windows 8 -- Metro apps, or whatever MS calls them now (Microsoft Store Apps.)

These store their files in a restricted subdirectory in the user's homedir, and run in an extremely limited security context.

What I want to see is a real Web browser as a Metro app. This way, if the browser or an add-on running under it gets taken over, it can't get to a full user context, much less get control of the machine [1]. Same with an IMAP client. This is not to replace existing MUAs and Web browsers, but a restricted place to browse privately [2] with less exposure possible to malicious software.

I'm not a fan of workflow with Metro apps, but I do like the security contexts that limit things. It doesn't solve everything, but it is a good tool in a toolbox.

[1]: Nothing is impossible, but restricted contexts are a good start.

[2]: Pr0n sites, most likely.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482645)

These store their files in a restricted subdirectory in the user's homedir, and run in an extremely limited security context.

Thats the only good thing about them, and theyre so limited that it does me no good. Wonderful that skype cannot root my machine, but its worthless because it can only run full screen.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (4, Informative)

PCM2 (4486) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482895)

What I want to see is a real Web browser as a Metro app.

Errr, well you know, Windows 8 ships with a Metro flavor of IE 10, and with recent versions of Chrome you can opt to have that run as a Metro app, too. I think Firefox might still be working on it. But there doesn't seem to be anything stopping you from trying one of the others out and seeing how it works for you.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (4, Insightful)

nschubach (922175) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481519)

It's not Windows 8 I'm concerned with... it's forcing Sharepoint on the Military...

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (4, Funny)

LifesABeach (234436) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481847)

I can't help but wonder what the cost of using Open Source Solutions would have been? My main fear will not be some power like China obtaining secrets, but some bored 15 year old.

I can see the head lines now,
"Teenager aquires robotic mule and uses it to buy Hamburgers and Milk Shakes in a Prom Limo using him m$ phone."

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481863)

I get dirty looks for boycotting sharepoint. I get the Lt to email me anything I absolutely can't get anywhere else.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481911)

Sharepoint is pretty widely used within NMCI

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (1)

rickb928 (945187) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483735)

That's a rather unfortunate indictment. or is the NMCI actually working, 8 or so years later?

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (3, Informative)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481995)

There is no problem that Sharepoint cant solve.

The only concern is all the other problems it creates.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (4, Funny)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482867)

There is no problem that Sharepoint cant solve.

"Not enough money is spent on worthless consultants" is a problem that Sharepoint solves just fine.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483845)

Maybe you can just throw more Sharepoint at it?

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (2)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482519)

It's not Windows 8 I'm concerned with... it's forcing Sharepoint on the Military...

Hey, anything that slows down their drone bombing campaigns is a net win.

Forcing Sharepoint on the Military? (1)

dgharmon (2564621) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482879)

I do some maintenance for an educational establishment, who have Sharepoint deployed internally for staff use, the last Sharepoint post there was two years ago, they do seem to find use for Moodle ...

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (4, Funny)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483595)

I think making someone who is heavily armed work with Sharepoint is not going to end well.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (1)

rickb928 (945187) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483755)

The servers will no located off site. at least SharePoint will be 'up'.

Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482025)

It could be worse... iOS 6.0 mapping software on drones. ;)

Re:At least they can leave IE 6 (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483469)

DOD and the pentagon still use IE 6 according to other slashdotters, and Navy still uses IE 7.

If I had a gun to my head I would pick Windows 8 if I could use a somewhat HTTP graphical application called a browser, since IE 6 really is not a browser because it is proprietary.

But man windows 8 is irritating.

Microsoft SkyNaval (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481289)

Brand new Naval Cloud solution, drive your own Naval Carries over the internet!

System Requirements:
Naval Carrier
Microsoft Certified System with 3G Connectivity

Too late (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481303)

They could have gotten Win7, now MS will put Win8 shove their throat (and sell those numbers to everyone as "successful sales")...

Re:Too late (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481503)

Speaking of "too late": It seems I was not too late to get First Post. :D

Re:Too late (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482011)

When youre dealing with a $600 million contract, I have a feeling the customer gets pretty much whatever they want. If they say "Hook us up with Windows 2000", I think MS will comply.

subtle move by the anti-war crowd (4, Funny)

Ardeaem (625311) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481313)

...the US will only be able to make war if they can figure out the Metro interface.

Re:subtle move by the anti-war crowd (4, Funny)

bkmoore (1910118) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481777)

so you're saying peace might have a chance after all.

Re:subtle move by the anti-war crowd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481831)

Don't they have a don't (want to) know, don't ask policy for people that are metrosexual? ;P

Not all (2)

marcosdumay (620877) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482029)

They are also aquiring Sharepoint. So any war will probably have a half life of around two years untill all the data is forgoten.

Re:subtle move by the anti-war crowd (2)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482033)

On the flip side, Im not sure that fitting all army personnel with Windows 8 / metro is really the best way to engender feelings of peace and goodwill.

Re:subtle move by the anti-war crowd (1)

Kiraxa (1840002) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482589)

or they could have the same thing that most people who use windows 8 seriously use. A simple program that removes the metro interface and gives back the old start menu, making Windows 8 sleeker than windows 7, with a smaller memory footprint, and overall a much better OS.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (2, Funny)

sycodon (149926) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481321)

Why is my 1034-55/12 Authorization for Nuclear Strike form all garbaged up now?

Hi, I'm Clippy (4, Funny)

swschrad (312009) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481407)

I see you want to obliterate Wackistan with 10 drops before their operatives poison Washington. Can I help?

Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483501)

Why is my 1034-55/12 Authorization for Nuclear Strike form all garbaged up now?

That is because the internet enabled Nuclear Strike site is optimized for IE 6.

FML (4, Interesting)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481347)

I work for the dept of defense, and this just makes me cringe. Mobility? That sounds great, except the only electronic devices allowed in cleared spaces are old-skool one-way pagers. And the Army has been looking into getting Android devices for troops. So much for that apparently. The latest OS? They better fucking not load Windows 8 on my desktop. I'd say I would do something drastic, but more likely I'll just cry myself to sleep. And more Sharepoint? We use Sharepoint at work, and everyone hates it. We're currently looking at finding a suitable replacement. I'm going to go get a drink.

get them to load one of the 3rd party start menu f (1, Insightful)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481431)

get them to load one of the 3rd party start menus for 8 if they load it.

But windows 8 in any big setting with no SP1 and windows 9 on the way soon (that may fix of the windows 8 issues) May end up in testing and by the time testing is done windows 8 may be as dead as ME was.

Re:get them to load one of the 3rd party start men (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481937)

Last time I came across a guy with ME was 09, and he was one of those users, who's computer nobody in their sane mind would willingly touch, so there's definitely a nitch for windows 8 user statuses here.

Re:FML (4, Insightful)

jgrahn (181062) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481521)

And more Sharepoint? We use Sharepoint at work, and everyone hates it. We're currently looking at finding a suitable replacement.

Isn't just about *anything* a suitable replacement for Sharepoint? Where I work it's used as a cruel and unfair parody of a wiki, so MediaWiki is one obvious replacement. Another replacement would be, I guess, a version control system like Git.

Re:FML (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481645)

Good luck teaching your average paper pusher how to use git.

Re:FML (0)

marcosdumay (620877) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482077)

It's easier than teaching high paid competent IT people how to keep Sharepoint correctly backed-up.

(Is that even possible?)

Re:FML (2)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481915)

The funny thing there is with all the micro and mobile technology circulating around that pager can now be a better spy device than anything 20 years ago.

Re:FML (2)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481965)

We use Sharepoint at work, and everyone hates it. We're currently looking at finding a suitable replacement. I'm going to go get a drink.

What I love is this conversation:

"Hey, where's form WTF-SRSLY-WTF?"

"It's on SharePoint!"

Re:FML (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482049)

I used to be an EMSEC manager for the Air Force. The entire EMSEC concept is based on outdated Cold War technology. It basically doesn't even apply in the states anymore, and they didn't even observe it at all in Baghdad. Frankly, I think the whole "no mobile devices in classified areas" policy is one of those things that they enforce without knowing why.

Not likly... (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482051)

At least here in the Department of Defense, we have so many applications that will have to be tested and certified on any new OS before they install across the board, Win9 and maybe Win10 will be out by that time.

We never had Vista, and we only switched from XP to Win7 last year.

I don't expect to see Win8 here... It's not the OS, it's the upgrade path for things that must run on the OS.

Re:FML (0)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482073)

I've heard in tales of legend that sharepoint is actually decent if you have an army of dedicated admins to keep it in some semblance of order.

Ive never seen such a thing, of course.

Bad Move (2, Insightful)

tom229 (1640685) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481363)

Wow... Having just received a demo Surface and ATIV S I'd strongly advise the Army / Airforce to consult a second opinion.

DIDN'T IT LEARN ITS LESSON ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481449)

But then, that is all there is, is it !! It can seriously consider Apple, which is fine if they chrome-plated vehicles, and wore sissy uniforms, or Linux, which has so many flavors, each coming and going, that no one ever knows what works with what, when, how, or even why !! That leave Mighty Microsoft to the rescue. It will save the day !! And the world !!

Win 8 Tactile Systems instructions (4, Funny)

MindPrison (864299) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481473)

Welcome to the MS experience - Metro. Shoot to kill in style!

Instructions:

To aim and launch missile:
1) Swipe the screen to bring up the monitor section.
2) Monitor your target and doubletap on the suspect.
3) Swipe an "X" across each target you want to eliminate.
4) Doubletap to confirm.

If you get an error message: 16472112.13a41d1e.00123dq2.1337effd
then please contact customer service. Thank you for sharing your Microsoft Experience.

Re:Win 8 Tactile Systems instructions (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481753)

Provided that the call center was not a previous target. Outsourcing, you know...

==//==

Re:Win 8 Tactile Systems instructions (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483521)

Provided that the call center was not a previous target. Outsourcing, you know...

==//==

Oh that's easy. Bob from Mumbai over there asked if we restarted it yet?

Re:Win 8 Tactile Systems instructions (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481991)

And later in the news:

"A critical bug in a windows 8 application mistook a camera abroad for one used in the ops training center where the machine was located with disastrous consequences. Microsoft issued an apology to those lost & will be patching the bug sometime late next week."

Yet another boondoggle (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481489)

I work for the DoD. I predict this will end up costing 10x as much, take at least 5 years longer than proposed and in the end deliver less than 30% of the functionality actually required. I've seen it happen time and again with only a few of the more egregious failures actually becoming public.

Re:Yet another boondoggle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483681)

Only 10x as much? That's a wonderful cost-savings. Usually Lockheed, MDD, BASF and their ilk manage 15-20 times as much, take a decade longer than proposed, and in the end deliver nothing of what was required.

Let's just outsource the whole damn government to Microsoft. Taxes will go way down.

Re:Yet another boondoggle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483795)

As we DoD contractors say, "You can't spell disappointment or disaster without DISA"

and the Navy paid $700M earlier (3, Interesting)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481505)

Isn't the Navy under the "umbrella" of the Department o' Defense? Strangely, the linked article states that the Navy inked its own contract for $700 million (USA dollars) back in July of 2012 [govconwire.com] .
:>(
How is that encouraging any sort of good volume pricing or agreements if each division (Military Branch) is negotiating its own separate deal with Microsoft individually. If there's anyone that could screw with the military contracting officers, it's IBM and Microsoft.
:>)
Then again, this kind of volume license contract could be what they had to do in order to be able to keep their downgrade capability to keep XP running on their older personal computers.

Re:and the Navy paid $700M earlier (2)

fermion (181285) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482085)

This is one of the reasons why sequestration would not be so bad. While each arm fo the service does have specific needs, it is hard to imagine that these needs extend to general IT and the like. Therefore, if the pentagon chose to, it could come up with a 5-10% reduction in spending.

And yes, social service can also find saving. For instance, if Congress allowed medicare part D to aggressively negotiate costs, ut would save several billion dollars. We already are on track to punish hospitals that do not provide care. Getting rid of the middle vendors in the choice program would also save money.

The problem with these is that all require the feds to go after big business who are getting fat off government contracts instead of competing in the market place. This reminds me of a conversation I heard a while back on conservative radio. Many millions of dollars was spent building a stadium for a school district. The contractor that called in did not have problem with the waste of money, just that he was not able to bid for the money. The host agreed that was a travesty without knowing why the contractor was not able to bid. I see this all the time, people not really concerned with the waste of money, but that they cannot get their cut.

Re:and the Navy paid $700M earlier (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483355)

This is one of the reasons why castration would not be so bad.

fixed that for ya

Re:and the Navy paid $700M earlier (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483557)

This is one of the reasons why sequestration would not be so bad. While each arm fo the service does have specific needs, it is hard to imagine that these needs extend to general IT and the like. Therefore, if the pentagon chose to, it could come up with a 5-10% reduction in spending.

And yes, social service can also find saving. For instance, if Congress allowed medicare part D to aggressively negotiate costs, ut would save several billion dollars. We already are on track to punish hospitals that do not provide care. Getting rid of the middle vendors in the choice program would also save money.

The problem with these is that all require the feds to go after big business who are getting fat off government contracts instead of competing in the market place. This reminds me of a conversation I heard a while back on conservative radio. Many millions of dollars was spent building a stadium for a school district. The contractor that called in did not have problem with the waste of money, just that he was not able to bid for the money. The host agreed that was a travesty without knowing why the contractor was not able to bid. I see this all the time, people not really concerned with the waste of money, but that they cannot get their cut.

Isn't it great the Government is watching the fiscal cliff so carefully and cutting costs so carefully.

We talk about not raising taxes for those who make over $250,000 and want to cut medicare, Social security, and other entitlements for those evil socialist freeloaders, but what is $700,000,000 extra between friends wink wink. That is freedom!

Discount? (4, Interesting)

HeckRuler (1369601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481523)

The deal awards Microsoft $617 million, which is after discounts to the software totaling in the tens of millions.

So... between $20 and $90 million out of a $617 million deal is 3.2%-14%. The most powerful military force in the world, and that's the best discount they could get? For sharepoint?

Re:Discount? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481921)

Couldn't they spend quarter of that on open source development and save the world some money?

Re:Discount? (1)

Yaa 101 (664725) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483323)

We have this in Europe too, we call it subsidies and subsidies do not need discounts. :-)

Dependence Day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481537)

M$oft too big to be dumped, by the US Military?
Takeover, Downsizing, Layoffs?

Maybe some extra effort could be exerted, to keep the Viagra spam out the M$oft super-Mil A.I.

Gives new meaning to the term... (4, Funny)

webdog314 (960286) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481595)

Blue Screen of Death

1998 called ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483891)

... they say apparently you were a douche then to.

Paperwork the bigger problem... (4, Informative)

TheDarAve (513675) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481605)

The DoD already has access through contract to that software. The problem isn't access / purchase of the software, the limitation is the security paperwork needed to USE any of that software! ( https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=22645 [dau.mil] ) The security paperwork that is required can be long, very long, sometimes HUNDREDS of pages long, and take *YEARS* to get reviewed and approved! The DoD just keeps ADDING bureaucratic layers to this process every year as well! There's a point where the security paperwork just causes more harm than good. By the time you get the software solution engineered and approved, its already most of the way to being completely obsolete! You want to fix the software in the DoD? Fix the process that governs it! Streamline it, cut out the what has by now become multiple layers of unneeded CRAP that's only there because a spot failed at some point, and the solution they came up with simply involved just adding more layers to an already unruly behemoth!

TL;DR - Good luck M$! By the time you get Windows 8 approved, it'll be 4-8 years later.

Re:Paperwork the bigger problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481893)

Bingo, and that's why we were on Win 2000 with IE 6 up until 2009 when I left.

Re:Paperwork the bigger problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482247)

Complete bullshit...

good, good, good! (5, Funny)

drankr (2796221) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481607)

We in Europe welcome this development.

Re:good, good, good! (0)

cristiroma (606375) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481833)

You ... in Russia, maybe?

Re:good, good, good! (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481975)

Why, do you have plans on securing shipping lanes for international commerce yourselves? Cool, now we can finally work on that deficit.

Re:good, good, good! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482625)

How about a trade. Europe secures shipping lanes. US loses it's security council veto, after all we're all allies anyways right?

Re:good, good, good! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483829)

Toss around some nukes and you get a security council veto; until then, you don't sit in a "big boy" chair.

Windows 8 will doom us all now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481743)

Alright sir, I'll be sure to file the report... AS I CAN CLOSE THE @^&^@&@ WEATHER APPLICATION FIRST. D: NO 'X' BUTTON.

They should have talked to the NSA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481769)

They could have gotten linux.

Has anyone.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481851)

Has anyone made a "Surface to Air Missile" joke yet?

Re:Has anyone.. (3, Funny)

marcosdumay (620877) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482147)

Nope. Surface won't fly.

windows for warships 8 now with touch screen guns (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year and a half ago | (#42481885)

windows for warships 8 now with touch screen guns.

IT"s never been easier to go to war sign up to day!!

I said blast you metro interface, not blast metro. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481919)

No, no, I did not want this swipe to run launch_missiles.exe !
I wanted to launch minesweeper game!
And I said 'blast you Metro interface' not 'blast the metro in Teheran' !

Job security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42481939)

I'm glad to see that the DoD will be keeping administrators and security analysts gainfully employed finding fixes for various Windows bugs for the next ten years.

Single Source is a Security Risk (4, Interesting)

RudyHartmann (1032120) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482121)

I am in the semiconductor business. Of course we know how heavily dependent the military is on this technology. But yet, often times when a piece of military hardware is built, there is a requirement for a second source. This is in case the first source should falter in delivery. It's a security issue based on that. Why is this any different with software? If the military were to commit themselves to free open source software, they would be more soundly in control of their own security and destiny. This Microsoft deal doesn't make sense at all.

Approval process and applications? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482165)

As others have pointed out, the DOD moves at a glacial pace when it comes to approval and implementation of computer software. The DISA approval alone will take years. Back in '98-99 when I was the administrator of my command's network, the massive Dell computer acquisition contract was fast-tracked only because Y2K was staring everyone in the face and there was an absolute panic to get it implemented as soon as possible. We made it happen in time, but just barely. The government is simply incapable of doing anything in a timely manner. It's the reason I have no hair today.

The other thing to consider is the thousands of military applications used throughout every branch of the service, many of which are still legacy apps which hardly ever get updated and for which no documentation of any kind exists. Who gets to re-write and certify all those applications in anything like a timely manner?

I bet it hits $1,000,000,000 before failing (1, Insightful)

kawabago (551139) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482325)

I'll bet the military will spend a billion dollars before realizing nothing is ever going to work, except the BSOD.

Errr.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482335)

Yes, because clearly Microsoft is a master of the mobile software market. ROFL! Really?????

BRB (1)

frisket (149522) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482481)

Great. So the Prez gets a Big Red Button on a Win8 tablet.

What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing like a good payoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482501)

Must be a big thankyou for truncating hotmail passwords and saving the NSA a small fortune in rainbow table processing.

Is this a way to sell more Surface devices? (1)

Required Snark (1702878) | about a year and a half ago | (#42482719)

Just wondering.

Re:Is this a way to sell more Surface devices? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483077)

No. This is a way to sell ANY surface devices.

Re:Is this a way to sell more Surface devices? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483537)

But do they work in submarines?

Ah yes, the military-industrial complex... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482767)

The military-industrial complex, where 'mature' technology firms are put out to pasture in a graceful manor on the tax payer's expanse over the course of a century or more.

Are you behind the times ? Is your competition slowly taking over the market ? Are you simply too rich to care ? Well, come on down to Uncle Sam's farm ! Where the customer is always satisfies, or is otherwise discharged on medical leave.

Uncle Sam, because a failing economical model and bad engineering is no reason to be put out of business in the United State of the too big to fall.

microsoft is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42482955)

So microsoft needed to get help from the government with "selling" windows 8.
This means they are dead.

Navy finally moving to Windows 7 (1)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483719)

Along with IE 8. Woo Hoo. So long XP and IE 7.

It's about time, too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483729)

I knew it would be a big undertaking to modernize Microsoft, but while it may seem like overkill (pun intended),
it'll definitely take a few rounds/shells into Microsoft's headquarters to liven things up and purge out the older/slower
non-productive entitled software engineers from the place, and well worth the price and best use of our military might.

I'm pretty sure Windows 8 pushed Obama over the edge. I mean, it's definitely justified (unlike some other things
started by his predecessor).
 

Fiscal cliff cuts... (1)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | about a year and a half ago | (#42483847)

Well, there is $617M in pentagon cuts if cognress can't get its act together regarding the fiscal cliff.

microsoft? modern? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42483873)

Lol @ 'modern' and 'microsoft' in same sentence. Windows is a pre-internet operating system.

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