Short Bytes: Russian is replacing Microsoft Outlook and Exchange software with their local MyOffice alternative. The email system will be initially rolled out to 6,000 employees in Moscow and eventually extended to 600,000 in future. This move is to promote Russia’s decision of local software over the products by global vendors.
Starting the with 6,000 employees in Moscow, the Russian government will be replacing Microsoft Outlook and Exchange with their homegrown MyOffice which is developed by Russia-based New Cloud Technology. The email system will be installed by Rostelecom PJSC which is a state-run carrier.
This decision is the fruition of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s intentions of promoting local software over products of foreign companies. Putin has been supporting home-grown software since 2014 when American companies withdrew premium services from Crimea after Russia’s annexation.
MyOffice will eventually reach 600,000 municipal employees working in Moscow. The Russian ministry has created a list of 2000 local alternatives of foreign software.
“Russia-developed software is not inferior to foreign software, but it’s much cheaper and, most importantly, provides reliable data protection,” said Sergey Kalugin, head of IT department in Moscow.
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