Talk about unyielding intentions! Russia, along with China, is one of the few countries that is slowly shifting away from Microsoft software, at least on government PCs.

As a result, the country has placed fewer orders for Windows and other such products. Surely, Russia would needs years to completely move away Microsoft platforms, but it appears that the country is really serious about reducing dependency on foreign software.

You can even tie this to the growing tensions between the country and the west — the sanctions imposed by the US and other European states have a fair bit to do with this.

But according to this report by ITAR-TASS, the country only placed 7 orders for Windows in the July to August period this year. This is down from the 31 orders that Russian departments placed during the same period last year.

The news agency quotes AETP:

“The fall in the volume of state orders of Windows operating systems may be linked to the aggravation of relations between Russia and the West. We would like to remind that Russia’s Communications and Mass Media Ministry is studying an option to completely substitute software imports in the coming five to seven years.”

Never a good sight when politics and technology mix this way, but there you have it!

Although it will take Russia the better part of a decade to complete this transition, from Windows to a custom variant of Linux, things are moving at a brisk pace.

Both in Russia and China.

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  • Yorker

    Boy oh boy, Russia and China are having a pissing contest on who can hate on Windows more. Ridiculous and stupid, but go for it guys!

    • Batman

      Dude, windows is planning to charge subscription with the next windows, I don’t see how moving away from windows is a big deal.

      • Phil2

        What’s a better alternative for a country of Russia or China’s size? I’m just curious.

        • Batman

          Did you read the article?

          • Paul Jefferson

            Linux is all it says? I think Phil was being sarcastic in his question there. I don’t think there’s a better option than Microsoft. And i can’t speak for phil, but I think that was his point as well.

          • Ray C

            What is your point? Subscription Windows will not be the only option if it even comes any time soon. So, everyone should just up and move off Windows tomorrow? What do you want to move to Russia or China or something?

          • Batman

            What is your point? I simply stated that it could be one of the reasons why someone would not want to continue with windows. I’m not sure what moving to Russia or China has anything to do with this.

  • WillyThePooh

    But one order is not equivalent to one computer. The number of orders is meaningless. The total number of PC shipped will tell you the truth.

  • Mike Greenway

    wow! From 31 copies last year to only 7 this year, what is Microsoft going to do with out the profit from those 24 copies of windows? If this keeps up they’ll need to stop giving away coffee to the employees in Portland.

  • markomarkomarko

    they probably just pirated it….