Russia Plans to Abandon Microsoft Products, Replaces Outlook with MyOffice Mail
Russia’s capital is planning to get rid of Microsoft. Authorities in the city of Moscow are going to ditch Microsoft products in favor of locally produced alternatives, reports Bloomberg.
The decision is made after President Vladimir Putin urged state officials and local companies to reduce their reliance on US computer software due to security concerns. As a first step, they will start using state-run corporate email system called MyOffice Mail instead of Microsoft Exchange and Outlook on about 6,000 computers in Moscow.
The officials are also considering to replace Microsoft Windows and Office on nearly 600,000 devices with software developed by Russia’s New Cloud Technologies,
Back in March, Putin said that all state-backed companies should switch from Microsoft products to local alternatives by the second half of 2016. If public authorities had plans to buy foreign technology, they were directed to first consult with a special registry and make sure there are no similar Russian software. If there is a local alternative, authorities will have to explain why the product is not suitable for their needs.
“We want the money of taxpayers and state-run firms to be primarily spent on local software,” communications minister Nikolay Nikiforov said. Changes to the tax system could be effective next year which would include 18% on app store purchases, for US technology firms, such as Apple and Google.
Microsoft has not yet responded on the switch.