VA cancels component of Microsoft licensing agreement

The Veterans Affairs Department has pulled the plug on a Microsoft licensing agreement in which the agency paid an annual fee to lock in savings on future software upgrades, Nextgov reports.

A Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing agreement typically requires customers to pay an annual fee of 29 percent for desktop software and server software, according to Nextgov. VA CIO Roger Baker announced the decision to discontinue the deal in a March 30 memo to VA’s IT staff.

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