The U.S. Department of Defense is taking a pass on iOS. That much is clear from today's announcement from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and DISA. On Friday, The United States Department of Defense confirmed that 75% of its staff will be equipped with Microsoft's Windows 8, Office 2013, and SharePoint 2013 Enterprise.
Although the official word didn't reference mobile devices, it is being almost universally assumed that the department's adoption of all things Windows will include mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
From today's announcement:
In an effort to modernize technology infrastructure, reduce costs and foster new levels of cross-agency collaboration, the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) are expanding access to Microsoft solutions by entering into a transformative three-year Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreement for enterprise licenses and software assurance.
“There’s a move afoot throughout the department to bring about efficiencies in the [information technology] world,” David L. DeVries, DOD deputy chief information officer, said Friday. “We took a long, hard look at it … realizing that the Department of Defense relies upon the network and upon information technology to do its business.”
Source: U.S. Department of Defense