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Moscow replacing Microsoft Exchange and Outlook with local products; Windows and Office may be next

By midian182 ยท 11 replies
Sep 28, 2016
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  1. Russia’s capital city of Moscow is getting rid of Microsoft’s products, replacing them with domestic software. The move comes after President Vladimir Putin called for Russian authorities and companies to be less reliant on foreign technology.

    The first casualties will be Microsoft’s Exchange Server and Outlook on 6000 Moscow computers. An email system installed by state-run carrier Rostelecom PJSC will replace the Redmond firm’s programs.

    Bloomberg reports that authorities are looking to expand the homegrown system, developed by Russia’s New Cloud Technologies, to as many as 600,000 computers in the future. Artem Yermolaev, head of information technology for Moscow, said that Microsoft Windows and Office could be the next products that get replaced.

    The migration to the new email servers is expected to take two years. The city has budgeted around $700,000 for the project, with the new licenses reportedly around 30 percent cheaper than Microsoft’s. Communications minister Nikolay Nikiforov said: “We want the money of taxpayers and state-run firms to be primarily spent on local software”.

    The decision to abandon Microsoft comes at a time of high tensions between Russia and United States. The EU and US sanctions that followed the annexation of Crimea saw many American companies shutter or cut back their business dealings in the country.

    Putin’s internet czar, German Klimenko, wants heavy taxes on U.S. technology companies, including 18 percent on app store purchases, to help Russian competitors in the country’s $3 billion software market.

    Russia has been looking to tighten its grip over the nation's tech industry recently. Back in June, it was reported that the country was looking to make backdoors mandatory in all encrypted messaging apps, part of an “anti-terror” bill that Edward Snowden called a “Big Brother law.”

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,587   +3,185

    Where's the rap lyrics?
  3. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +202

    Eh, it was all pirated any way.
  4. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    Smart !
  5. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 582   +334

    Aaaaannnnddddd this is how you slowly become North Korea....
  6. J spot

    J spot TS Maniac Posts: 229   +148

    After seeing how aggressive Microsoft has been in getting people to upgrade to Windows 10. I mean beyond aggressive. If I was the leader of a country, I would urge business to use something open source. Just to be on the safe side. When extreme power is involved, the possibility of a back door is one not to take lightly.
  7. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 568   +350

    It's time to be less dependent on corporates. Good move.
  8. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,038   +1,556

    This means...less Russians in CSGO.
  9. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Evangelist Posts: 352   +167

    well they will be able to play CSGO on their government developed Linux version as well. I don't think we ever get rid of the trolling russians in that game.

    Suka Blyat!!! Rush B!!
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  10. Edito

    Edito TS Addict Posts: 104   +34

    This is how slowly you become independent and free who said that the world should use only Microsoft products?

    I personally don't see any problem here.
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  11. I think it is great they are developing their own home grown software, only concern is if it is the government that is doing and providing the software that then you must use if you want to do business with them
  12. Underdog

    Underdog TS Addict Posts: 111   +61

    The Russians are not as stupid as some people think. If everyone on the planet is using Microsoft products and it is well known that Microsoft are well cosy with the NSA then it makes a lot of sense to opt out of the risk area. Open source or whatever else is out there has got to be a good alternative if you want any kind of freedom from the big boys in the black suits.
    tuxbugy and Peter Farkas like this.

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