Georgian Gov't signs software deal with Microsoft

  • The agreement signed between the Microsoft Company and Ministry of Finance.
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The Government of Georgia will purchase Microsoft’s Genuine OS Licensing and Enterprise Licensing from Microsoft in a bid to stamp out the use of illegal software in Georgia.

Georgia’s Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri announced the news at today's Governmental meeting.

He believed full software licensing will contribute to the improvement of Georgia’s image in the international arena, help develop the country's IT sector and attract investments in this direction. 

The agreement, signed between Microsoft and Georgia's Ministry of Finance, provided full licensing of state organisations’ computers, IT jobs and server segments.

Negotiations between the sides started last year. Khaduri met Microsoft Corporation general manager Trudy Norris-Grey, who is responsible for the public sector, on December 4, 2014. 

Prospects of cooperation between the two parties was heavily discussed by the parties, along with current programs implemented with support of the company.

Microsoft’s Windows systems are the most widely used software in the state sector worldwide. In Georgia the new licensing will result in timely updating of operating systems and programs, reduce the risk of cyber attacks and offer full use of Microsoft functions. Microsoft will also support organisations to resolve problems when necessary.