A growing trend

As Air Force officials plan to consolidate their Microsoft Corp. software contracts through an enterprise software licensing agreement, they are borrowing a page from the Army's playbook. Army officials announced a servicewide Microsoft software license agreement last year that runs through 2009.

The Army Enterprise Infostructure-Enterprise Software Consolidation contract funded the purchase of 426,000 licenses through Softmart Government Service Inc., a federal contractor based in Downingtown, Pa. Army officials issued a memo in March to enforce the policy so regional information technology directors don't pay double for Microsoft products when they buy hardware or software.

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