All Army personnel who need email will have it as the Army switches to Office 365 Microsoft software

Nov. 23, 2021
In the place of Office 365 licenses, the Army is working on email-only software to provide email to anyone who wants it, and might not be Microsoft-based.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army chief information officer (CIO) has defended his decision to buy fewer Microsoft Office 365 licenses than the number of people in the Army, saying that no one will go without email services and that the move could save the branch $150 million. FedScoop reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

23 Nov. 2021 -- Army CIO Raj Iyer says the service is working on alternative solutions for junior enlisted members and others who will not get access to the full suite of services in the Army’s transition to a new Microsoft Office 365-based back-office enterprise cloud system.

He also said the decision to buy 1.2 million licenses for the roughly 1.4 million people who work in the department was intentional to save money and buy only what will be used.

The Army is moving away from the current Defense Enterprise Email system that is set to expire in March 2022 as the Department of Defense adopts remote work-capable back-office enterprise systems across the military.

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John Keller, chief editor
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