Microsoft has won a Â£500m contract to provide desktop software to the National Health Service. The deal followed personal negotiations between Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and NHS IT chief Richard Granger. The contract runs for nine years, with break points every three years, and covers up to 900,000 licences for Microsoft's Windows operating system and desktop software. It should help the Health Service cut Â£112m from its licensing costs in the next three years and Â£330m if the contract runs its full term.
Richard Granger, Director General NHS IT said: "The NHS is in a uniquely strong position as an IT customer, currently the largest procurer of IT services in the world. This agreement illustrates Microsoft's commitment to supporting the needs and demands of one of its most important customers." "It represents not only substantial savings over both previous NHS pricing but also that of other public sector purchasers. Extremely favourable terms and conditions for the NHS have been secured."
News source: The Register