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01-04-2013, 03:44 PM #1
U.S. Department of Defense Bucks iOS for Windows 8
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.
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
01-04-2013, 03:50 PM #2
Windows 8 phones/tablets or computers? or both?
Article doesnt specify.
Personally it doesn't matter what they use and they use what works best for their needs.
01-04-2013, 04:09 PM #3
01-04-2013, 04:28 PM #4
The DOD has always been windows, this really isnt anything new...
01-04-2013, 07:52 PM #5
So its not just the jailbreakers that are leaving for other devices.
IOS is starting to suck even worse than before and everyone knows this.
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01-04-2013, 10:28 PM #6
AWESOME, not only that but also a drop in MAC sales, not that i'm glad the company is hurting, just that maybe this will mean an entire new look on how apple does business, specially seing how Windows has modernized it's entire mobile and PC platforms, hopefully this i'll finally make them realize IOS is getting really old and needs a real change, and not just a color changing banner, and a worthless Maps app.
01-04-2013, 11:48 PM #7
The second paragraph say's, "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."
What do you mean when you say the article doesn't "specify?"
01-05-2013, 12:21 AM #8
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01-05-2013, 06:03 AM #11
Nice upgrade from xp and office 2007 at least
01-05-2013, 06:42 AM #12
01-05-2013, 08:13 AM #13
I work for the Air Force and I can tell you I am so glad they did this. As long as IOS is limited the way it is, they will NEVER fit the use of the military or businesses at that matter. Hopefully with a new person over iOS now, it will start to open up in its versatility.
01-05-2013, 09:37 AM #14
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01-05-2013, 10:51 AM #16
A lot of people and companies are getting rid of ios. There's only so much you can do with it. You can only do what apple wants to allow you to do,
Especially with the DOD, they want to be able to have operational capabilities, for example: the control and monitoring of the RQ-11 Raven, Predator, or Global Hawks and any other drone whether it be aerial, land, or naval based. They also want each unit to be able to have a GPS system of real time battlefield conditions. With that they can see where other squads/units, armor, CAS, etc... are located. You have a major advantage with that capability.
None of that is possible with a closed OS like apple provides, unless of course they open it for the DOD but that's not going to happen. It's easier to go with windows for those abilities. I'm sure there are many more reasons they are ditching iOS but I guarantee those are some major factors.
01-05-2013, 09:41 PM #17
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