Government of Jordan signs Microsoft licensing deal

Licensing agreement will allow government entities to take Microsoft applications as needed

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Government of Jordan signs Microsoft licensing deal The Jordanian government has signed a deal with Microsoft on software licensing.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 18, 2014

The government of Jordan has signed a software licensing deal with Microsoft, to allow government entities to access Microsoft applications as needed.

The Select Plus deal will enable government departments to take software licences through Microsoft partner Network Exchange Technology Company (NEXT), with favourable terms to help control costs.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the government by Minister of Information and Communications, Azzam Sliet, and Microsoft's Tom Comber in the presence of Ministry Secretary General, Nader Thniebat, General Manager of the National Information Technology Center, Abdul Hameed al-Abadi, Microsoft Office Manager in Jordan Hussein Malhas and the General Manager of Next Company Maher Farraj.

Sliet said that the government was sparing no effort to improve the technology services in the Kingdom and increase the efficiency of different government institutions to provide quick and effective services.

He said the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology is currently working on implementing several projects with Microsoft, and "we will see their positive and tangible effects on the e-Government Program and different public sector organizations".

Sliet added that the agreement, indicates the government's respect for Microsoft Corp and international conventions, noting that the government is working in collaboration with Microsoft to maintain intellectual property and anti-piracy programs so as to contribute to the protection of individuals and institutions from the harmful effects of counterfeit software, especially in the field of protection and security and to avoid significant losses that the person using such pirated software might incur.

The minister said that the agreement, whose reference will be the Jordanian laws and courts, does not entail any cost to the government and that software licenses will be approved according to the needs of various governmental institutions based on the best prices offered by Microsoft, noting that, through this agreement, we will succeed in reducing the total cost and achieving efficiency for many of the software.

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