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Dept. Of Veteran Affairs, Microsoft Sign Agreement

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has entered into a five-year enterprise agreement with Microsoft.

The agreement gives the VA access to all Microsoft’s current and emerging technologies, including Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, among others.

The VA is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the world and has one of the largest technology systems in the United States with approximately 6,300 IT employees, 175 datacenters, approximately 400,000 desktop computers and more than 100,000 mobile devices.

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