Months after the invasion of Ukraine, Microsoft has finally acknowledged the inevitable and is shutting down its operations in Russia.
“As a result of the changes to the economic outlook and the impact on our business in Russia, we have made the decision to significantly scale down our operations in Russia,” a Microsoft statement explains. “We will continue to fulfill our existing contractual obligations with Russian customers while the suspension of new sales remains in effect.”
“We are working closely with impacted employees to ensure they are treated with respect and have our full support during this difficult time,” the statement adds, referring to the 400 or so employees who will be impacted by this decision.
Microsoft announced in March that it was suspending all new product and service sales in Russia as a result of that country’s invasion of Ukraine. But it was vague about how or if it would support existing customers.
IBM also announced today that it would suspend business operations in Russia because of the war in Ukraine.