Navy signs $700M, 3-year Microsoft Software license

navy-250x250WASHINGTON—   The U.S. Navy has signed a 3-year $700 Million license with Microsoft to provide them with enterprise-class software.

The Microsoft software will be consolidated and then licensed to the Navy. A statement from the U.S. Navy reads,

Per the recently signed Microsoft Department of the Navy enterprise licensing agreement, all procurement of Microsoft brand software licenses …must be acquired through the Microsoft DON enterprise licensing agreement (ELA) if that product is offered by the DON ELA.

navy-softwareThe consolidation of the licenses is due to new rules prohibiting individual software licenses. However the Navy maintains that a consolidated Microsoft license is better, saying….

{it} consolidates previous Microsoft enterprise licenses; and, therefore, optimizes cost savings by leveraging the full purchasing capacity of the department.

The software license between Microsoft and the Navy has been confirmed to be valid up until 2015.

Microsoft has yet to release a statement.


Nokia Windows Phones Have Received Tango Update

Microsoft had previously announced it will provide an update for lower-end hardware with greater limitations. The so-called Tango update was also targeted at third world markets…. Microsoft reasoned that Tango would expand the Windows Phone market throughout countries where today’s smartphones are one huge fortune. This just in, though. Users of Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 Windows phones have starting receiving Tango update. For those of you who have yet to get it, the upgrade will be rolling out completely over next month.

What is WinRT (Windows Runtime ) ?

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WINRT ( Windows Runtime )

Easy Definition: The new programming language for Windows 8

Detailed Definition: WinRT is the brand new programming model that supports C++ (usually with Component Extensions, C++/CX) , C# and VB.NET, as well as JavaScript and HTML5. Code written in any of these programming languages is rendered identically in both ARM-based devices and Intel-based PCs.


WINRT was first introduced at the BUILD conference in Anaheim, California. WINRT is based on COM , to allow easy multiple language development. wINRT is also based on its predecessor, Win32.
Developer: Microsoft Corporation

Where can I Find WINRT

WinRT is prevalent throughout all of Windows 8, as it is the runtime library for all Windows 8 processes within the OS.

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Supported Languages on WinRT

Microsoft has announced that it would support on a first class-level, JavaScript for the first time. WinRT also supports previous languages on the Win32 API. In plain English, developers can code in any they want and still get stellar results.

  • JavaScript
  • HTML5
  • C
  • C+
  • C#
  • C++

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What is ActiveX ?

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Easy Definition: Framework that can be used to script in a browser  and identify the OS and browser info.

Detailed Definition: Framework that identifies reusable  software components within programs and can be propagated as a control set within programs and even browser… of which, ActiveX is the most common form.


OLE and COM, after some poor adoption, were rebranded in 1996 as Active x
Developer:  Microsoft Corporation

Where can I find Active X?

ActiveX is prevalent throughout software and browsers. Here are some common examples and instances:

BROWSER-  ActiveX scripts are commonly found throughout websites; people misassociate ActiveX with web scams. In reality, ActiveX is simply a very powerful technology that can be abused.

WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT, ONENOTE— ActiveX drives some of the functionality of these programs and also gives them the ability to propagate the technology in non-application environments.

VISUAL STUDIO— ActiveX also drives many of the functionalities of the software

WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER— Once again, ActiveX enables features throughout Media Player. Without it, the player wouldn’t work.


Technologies Based on ActiveX

Microsoft has based many tools on Active X technology, including the following:

  • ActiveX Data Objects (ADO)
  • Active Server Pages ( ASP )
  • ActiveMovie ( later DirectShow, part of the DirectX family)