Microsoft and its partners were awarded a $1 billion five-year US Air Force contract to migrate 776,000 users to cloud-based solutions: the deal is the largest-ever federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract in the federal marketplace. The move will improve efficiency and agility, as well as save costs for the US Air Force. Dell EMC Consulting Services will be doing the migration process since they have years of experience handling enterprise-scale migrations, Microsoft subject-matter expertise and proven methodologies. “The CHES contract extends the ability of the Air Force to collaborate across the enterprise. We aren’t just delivering a secure productivity solution, we’re freeing up resources, so our airmen can focus on mission critical tasks,” said Leigh Madden, US Air Force director for Microsoft.