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TMCNet:  United Kingdom,United States : UK GOVERNMENT and MICROSOFT enter new 3-year MoU for schools software [TendersInfo (India)]

[January 11, 2013]

United Kingdom,United States : UK GOVERNMENT and MICROSOFT enter new 3-year MoU for schools software [TendersInfo (India)]

(TendersInfo (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The government of United Kingdom has inked a new three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft, bywhich is estimated that the schools can save £10 million.

The framework agreement will enable all the schools in the UK with enhanced discounts and better licensing terms across a wide range of Microsoft s academic software.

According to the government, Under this new agreement schools will be able to use more of their budgets on frontline teaching rather than back office administration, with estimated total savings of around £10 million.

Schools spend a significant amount on software licensing. Through this new agreement we can make sure more money goes on frontline teaching, said Education secretary Michael Gove.

The government said, The new agreement builds on an existing arrangement that has operated with Microsoft since 2004. It secures improved benefits based on the entire UK schools software spend with Microsoft, but involves no financial or contractual commitment for schools or the Department for Education.

The deal allowed schools to have more flexibility in the way they license Microsoft software, while they will also be able to "make more cost-effective choices for using alternative and free to use software, said The Department for Education.

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