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Microsoft Russia vows to resolve monopoly dispute

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Wed June 10, 2009

MS Russia to solve issues

In response to last week's accusations by the Russian government that Microsoft is pulling copies of its Windows XP operating system from store shelves early, the Microsoft Russia CEO Nikolai Pryanishnikov on Wednesday said the software maker will fully resolve the related issues. The regional chief said Microsoft Russia has received documents containing the issues and believes they can be addressed "without any problems."

"Further, if there is dialogue and some solutions are required, we will cooperate and meet all demands, and continue to work in Russia for the good of consumers," he added.

Russia's state anti-monopoly service, FAS, also launched a probe into notebook manufacturers Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, HP, Samsung and Dell as a result of the Microsoft complaint. These PC builders have been shipping notebooks with Windows Vista but haven't given users choices for alternative operating systems, the government body said.

Monopolist accusations such as these are rare in Russia, though national officials regularly speak to firms as a preventative measure.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Microsoft Russia vows to resolve monopoly dispute"

    You have to know when dealing with Russians, what these statements really mean.

    This means Microsoft Russia is preparing to overthrow the Russian government by force.

    I think this will be the first country where Microsoft has actually replaced the existing government. It should be a model for resolving similar disputes in the future.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: war

    Actually, I just read "Microsoft Russia" and assumed that was the name of the Russian company that pirates and re-sells all of Microsoft's software in Russia.

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