Microsoft announced that it is shutting down all sales in Russia in response to the ongoing Ukraine attack.
In another move aimed at punishing Russia’s attack on Ukraine, US tech giant Microsoft has announced it will stop selling products and services in Russia. This will likely include Xbox, Windows and Azure platforms, but it looks like it will be limited to new items only.
Among the many responses to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Microsoft’s move is arguably one of the most impactful given the wide range of its products and services across the globe. Russia. With the war entering its second week, Russian society is being cut off from much of the world economy, although those sanctions probably won’t have much of an impact on Putin’s decision-making. .
Microsoft President Brad Smith announced his move in an official blog post yesterday. After condemning the attack on Ukraine, Smith announced the cessation of sales of Microsoft products and services in Russia. This announcement most likely covers not only Windows-related products, but also Xbox and Azure. This comes after a Ukrainian government official asked PlayStation and Xbox to cut off Russia’s access.
Along with Apple’s recent move to also block sales in Russia, this result will likely disappoint many gamers and Russians. In the blog post, Microsoft’s president also pledged to continue helping Ukraine’s cybersecurity during these bad times. Coupled with relatively small moves, such as many sanctions coming from game companies, sanctions by tech giants like Microsoft could have a huge impact on the Russian economy, affecting the Russian economy. to businesses and ordinary people.
The biggest question is how such sanctions will affect the decision-making of the Russian government in the short term, can they lead to mass protests of the people or vice versa will strengthen the support Putin and condemn Western interference. What is certain is that as long as the war continues, it will have serious and unpredictable consequences even for the Russians. The more the fighting goes on, the worse it will be for both countries.
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