Homeland department picks Microsoft

| 7/17/2003

The Homeland Security Department has chosen Microsoft Corp. as its preferred supplier of desktop-computer and server software. The move is a significant development in the government's ongoing merger of 22 agencies and in the government’s effort to get them to communicate effectively.

The department has purchased a license for about 140,000 desktop computers and is consolidating other Microsoft agreements held by Homeland Security agencies into the five-year contract. The deal is worth $90 million.

Homeland Security employees' computers now will be outfitted with Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, as well as the Microsoft Office Professional version of software products. And perhaps most important to Homeland Security's mission to get agencies communicating more easily, Microsoft will provide the standard e-mail software for the entire department.