Microsoft will be ceasing all “new sales” of its products and services in Russia, the company confirmed recently. This action comes after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has caused countries like the United States and members of the EU to impose heavy sanctions on Russia.
In a blog post released by Microsoft, president Brad Smith said that, like the rest of the world, Microsoft is horrified by news coming out of Ukraine and the “unjustified, unprovoked and unlawful invasion by Russia.” Because of this, the company is working closely with the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, and members of the European Union “in compliance with governmental sanctions decisions.”
“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,” Smith wrote.
Although new sales have stopped, Microsoft did not mention the status of ongoing services in the country. It’s possible services like Xbox Live, Windows Office, and Azure will continue to function as normal in Russia for the time being.
Smith went on the write about how Microsoft is aiding Ukraine on the cybersecurity front, helping defend the country’s government and infrastructure to survive Russian cyberattacks.
Microsoft is not the only tech company to cease sales in Russia. Apple announced it also stopped sales of its physical products in Russia as well as imposing limitations on Apple Pay, as well as removing some Russian news apps from the App Store outside of Russia. CD Projekt, parent company of developer CD Projekt Red, announced it would ceasing sales in Russia and Belarus. EA has also stopped sales, including virtual currencies, in both Russia and Belarus. EA took it a step further and also removed Russian teams from FIFA 22 and NHL 22. Nintendo also halted physical sales in Russia, but claimed it was due to a “logistics” issues.