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Microsoft 'STOPS' Sales of Products & Services in Russia

Posted by Sparsh Dayal On 05-Mar-2022 07:10 AM


Microsoft is ending new deals of its items and services in Russia, the tech goliath declared on Friday, in the most recent aftermath of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Governments of the West, featuring organizations and huge firms have cut Russia off or given it rebuffing sanctions over the universally denounced assault on its neighbor.

The US-based organization behind the software that is used on more than one billion gadgets, said it would "suspend all new sales of Microsoft products and services" in Russia, yet declined to explain how the strategy would be applied.

"Like the rest of the world, we are horrified, angered, and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine and condemn this unjustified, unprovoked and unlawful invasion by Russia," Microsoft president Brad Smith said in a blog entry.

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Apple has as of now moved to stop deals of its products in Russia, while US-based online social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have made strides against the spread of Russian state-linked media in light of the invasion. Microsoft said it has additionally made a move over destructive cyberattacks against the Ukrainian state.

"Since the war began, we have acted against Russian positioning, destructive or disruptive measures against more than 20 Ukrainian government, IT and financial sector organizations," Smith's blog said.

"We have also acted against cyberattacks targeting several additional civilian sites," he mentioned. Ukraine's administration has been looking for help from all quarters and has required Twitter to exclusively name organizations that it needs to remove business with Russia.

"You are definitely aware of what is happening in Ukraine right now... If you support human values, you should (leave) the Russian market!" vice prime minister of Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov, tweeted to Microsoft-owned Xbox and Sony's PlayStation.

UKRAINE-image The news comes after Intel and Airbnb reported they were stopping business in Russia and Belarus on Thursday, joining the tech freeze-out of Moscow.

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Airbnb's prime supporter and CEO Brian Chesky, who has added a Ukrainian banner to his Twitter profile, tweeted that the organization "is suspending all operations in Russia and Belarus," without giving further specifications.

The get-away rentals platform additionally declared on Monday that it would offer free a-few-days stays for up to 100,000 individuals escaping battling in Ukraine.

Chipmaker Intel said it "condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and we have suspended all shipments to customers in both Russia and Belarus."

Organizations have additionally made a move in regards to advertising revenue and monetization, with Google declaring Thursday it had suspended publicizing in Russia.

"In light of the extraordinary circumstances, we're pausing Google ads in Russia. The situation is evolving quickly, and we will continue to share updates when appropriate," Google said in a proclamation.

The Silicon Valley goliath had effectively banned Russian state-linked media like RT and Sputnik from YouTube in Europe, while additionally limiting the outlet’s content on Google News.


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