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Microsoft is the latest tech company to stop selling in Russia

The tech exodus from Russia intensified today as Microsoft halted all sales of new products and services within the country due to the invasion of Ukraine. Apple did the same earlier in the week.

“Like the rest of the world, we are appalled, angry and saddened by the images and news emerging from the war in Ukraine and condemn this unjustified, unprovoked and unlawful invasion of Russia,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith a blog post.

Microsoft is just the latest in a string of Western companies to halt sales in protest at the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Nike and Dell Technologies have suspended sales in Russia, as well as SAP and Oracle. On Tuesday, Apple confirmed that it has stopped selling its products in Russia. At Apple’s store in Russiaall products will be listed as “unavailable” for purchase or delivery in the country.

“We are deeply concerned by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all people who are suffering from the violence,” Apple said in a statement Tuesday. “We support humanitarian efforts, provide assistance to the unfolding refugee crisis and do whatever we can to support our teams in the region.”

However, Alphabet’s Google said it would continue to offer its search engine and other services in Russia, although Google Pay could become unavailable in certain “countries, regions and institutions” due to sanctions. “Most of our services (such as search, maps and YouTube) currently remain available in Russia and continue to provide access to global information and perspectives,” Google said in a blog post.

However, Google blocked and has blocked mobile apps associated with Russian broadcasters RT and Sputnik discontinued advertising sales in Russia. Microsoft also announced that it would remove Russian state media house RT’s mobile apps from the Windows App Store and ban advertising in Russian state-sponsored media.

Also on Friday, the Russian Federal Communications Agency (roskomnadzor) announced this Block Facebook within the country. According to a US regulator, the social media blackout is an attempt to quell dissent on social media.

Russia has presented the social media restriction as a retaliatory measure based on “26 cases of discrimination against Russian media” by Facebook.

Other companies that have stopped selling or servicing in Russia include Dell Technologies, Ford and Ericsson. And shipping companies AP Moller-Maersk A/S and Mediterranean Shipping Co. said they would suspend all shipments to Russian ports except for food.

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