Russia Plans To Move Away From Microsoft Software

First China. Then South Korea. And now Russia. The Russian government has been in the news these past few months for a variety of reasons, and now you can add another one to the list.

Basically, politics is, once again, being mixed with computing technology.

A new bill is being drafted in the country that aims to push government agencies and state run enterprises to favor local providers of hardware and software — authorities want to support local vendors, as opposed to importing goods from the United States.

This is amid the newly­ announced sanctions that have been announced against Russia.

In retaliation, Russia plans on limiting use of US based hardware and software solutions, including products from companies like Microsoft, IBM, HP and Oracle.

Interestingly, the bill only aims to give preference to local vendors, and does not outright ban on use of imported products. In the words of Andrey Chernogorov, executive secretary of the commission:

“This all has to do with sanctions. Given the current international tensions, substituting imports with local software and hardware becomes the key to ensuring self-sufficiency.”

It is not exactly clear whether Russia has any sound alternatives to the Windows operating system, or whether the government plans on developing one. And considering the scale and time needed to successfully deploy alternate solutions, it might take years before an impact is felt.

Nevertheless, the situation is less than ideal, surely it is.

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