Microsoft is about to lose a lot of customers from the Russian capital of Moscow. Bloomberg reported that as a result of Vladimir Putin’s urging to stop depending on foreign tech Moscow will begin to use homegrown software replacing Microsoft’s products. Moscow’s head of info and tech Artem Yermolaev told reporters that Microsoft Exchange Service will be dropped and Outlook will be replaced with Rostelecom PJSC’s email system, a state-run carrier. This email software is targeted to reach 600,000 computers in the future touted by the authorities. The big intension is to replace windows and the Office suite entirely but that plan has no solid base yet.
End reliance on foreign tech
Vladimir Putin has been calling for companies and other entities to end their reliance on foreign technology and develop and choose from local offering instead. This statement was prompted by ‘American corporations’ decision to shutter services in Crimea after his government annexed the peninsula in 2014. To discourage US tech companies from operating in Russia ‘German Klimenko’, Putin’s internet czar wants to impose higher tax on them
The Russian government in recent years has also been passing laws and imposed strict requirements to get a tight hold over the country’s tech sector. Earlier in 2016 it required internet provider to give backdoor access to their subscriber’s encrypted messages.
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