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Microsoft suspends sales of products and services in Russia

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft announced that it will suspend the sale of all of its products and services in Russia.
  • The move is part of a continued effort by Microsoft during the war in Ukraine.
  • Microsoft President Brad Smith called Russia's invasion of Ukraine "unjustified, unprovoked and unlawful."

Microsoft will suspend the sale of all of its products and services in Russia. The company's president Brad Smith announced the move today (opens in new tab), March 4, 2022.

"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," said Smith.

This is the latest move by Microsoft during the war in Ukraine. Smith discussed fighting cyberattacks and disinformation during the war in Ukraine earlier this week.

Smith added that Microsoft is working with the governments of the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom to stop "many aspects" of its business in Russia. These stoppages are in compliance with governmental sanctions.

"We believe we are most effective in aiding Ukraine when we take concrete steps in coordination with the decisions being made by these governments and we will take additional steps as this situation continues to evolve," said Smith.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Microsoft has acted against Russian moves against 20 Ukrainian financial sector, government, and IT organizations. Smith emphasized that the protection of Ukraine's cybersecurity is almost certainly Microsoft's "single most impactful area of work" during the war.

Microsoft continues to work with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and multiple UN agencies to help refugees.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that Intel and AMD have also halted shipments and sales of processors to Russia in light of new sanctions.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with more details.

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11 Comments
  • I expected this a couple of days ago but I'm very glad to see them do a full stop now
  • A bit of an irony here. MS sales might actually deplete Russia's foreign reserves (they have to convert rubles to dollars and then send those dollars to Microsoft). You'd think it'd be more important to *suspend* services and support. Maybe that'd be too disruptive and may not hurt the government (the target of these sanctions) as much as regular folk. Also, from a business perspective, what signals does it send to companies in other potentially belligerent nations? So maybe that's a bridge too far.
  • This is great news, well done Microsoft!
  • Difficult measures but they are taken to try to force the hand of a madman towards peace. Nobody wants war.
  • The signal for me. A citisen of a third world country. Is "you have to develop and become independent of USA or Microsoft". Or one day, they will made a lot Bad to you.
  • Why is that the only signal, seems like you're (conveniently?) ignoring a whole heap of other factors.
  • I have mixed thoughts on this. We need measures like this to send a message to Putin, but unfortunately, it's the Russian commoner that's going to hurt, not their politicians and wealthy class. This has already set their economy back five years. The real irony here is protests like these against Russia, when nobody bats an eye at the cruelty countries like China and India do their own people. We protest Russia while 80% of the goods we own are made by child labor in China. Ignore the suicide nets, ignore the labor camps, ignore the mandatory sterilizations. Ignore the fact that India has 15 million slaves. It's all good. Carry on. Nothing to see here.
  • Couple things here to consider; How does a government make money? Tariffs/taxes/ levies, which they make off purchased goods, foreign and domestic, so the ordinary russian isn’t the sole harmed by doing this. Also every nation screws over some race or ethnicity, we are no different (American Indians, Eskimo, Samoans, Hawaiians, list goes on an on)
  • Not sure why they dont do this to israel too. They invaded killed and continue to kill. But let me guess ukranian are Christians lead by a jewish person. Must be chosen by god
  • Good. M$ should issue order 66 on all government computers.
  • All these tech companies overnight grew a conscious… what they’re not telling you is that these gestures of Ukrainian support are actually at the behest of the US govt. don’t get me wrong, it’s the right thing to do but they wouldn’t be doing this of their own volition without Uncle Sam leaning on them.