Army, Microsoft extend cooperative research agreement

The U.S. Army extended a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement with Microsoft on April 16 to share research in support of developing hand-held and multi-touch technology for the Warfighter through 2013.

Although the U.S. government represents Microsoft’s single biggest customer, the CRADA with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center represents only the second joint research project Microsoft has throughout the federal government and the Department of Defense.

The initial CRADA between Microsoft and the RDECOM Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center was signed in 2009 and focused on the applicability of multi-touch technologies to command and control systems. The new agreement with CERDEC’s Command and Control Directorate will include hand-held devices, apps development and cognitive-based software.

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