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Moscow to ditch Outlook from Microsoft


According to some official information, it seems that Moscow is going to quit the email platforms offered by Microsoft for a local alternative. This follows the president Vladimir Putin’s call to quit purchasing foreign tech and to focus more on local alternatives.

As such, Russia’s capital will be replacing the Microsoft Exchange Server, plus Outlook, on 6,000 computers they are currently using. They will bring instead MyOffice, which is an office productivity suite made by New Cloud Technologies, a Russian vendor, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Moscow’s decision to steer away from Microsoft technologies is a consequence of an IT procurement law released by the government back in January. This required any state-owned corporations and public authorities to check if there is a local option for their needs before buying any foreign-produced software.Artem Yermolaev, who is the head of Moscow’s IT, declared that the newly produced email system might arrive to 600,000 computers. Moreover, it seems that Moscow is going to move on after they get rid of this, also replacing Windows and Office. The porting from Outlook and Exchange to local options will be carried out by Rostelecom, a state-run carrier. The company also switched some of the systems they use from Oracle to PostgreSQL, which is an open-source database product.

Despite this, Vedomosti, which is a Russian paper, reported back in March that it will be difficult to respect the order since the entire country lacks any competitive products when it comes to operating systems and databases. According to Bloomberg, 3/4 of the $3 billion Russia is spending on software goes on imported products.

Back in August, Rostelecom started a major project that aims to move e-government services from Oracle to PostgreSQL. This is done so as to reduce the risk for state agencies to be sanctioned for using foreign licenses and software.

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  1. It’s ALL about the money… don’t mention security!

    Isn’t it it rather strange The Reg made NO reference to the latter?

    After all, there is a perfectly open and long stated desire in Russia to remove UNSA and its corporations from its public sector IT. Quite understandably. So, while I’m sure that the benefit of sparing a few Rubles from expatriation isn’t lost on the Muscovites, I very much doubt it their ONLY, or even PRIMARY concern. Particularly now, in the midst of a tempest of US surveillance “revelations.”


  2. What’s the point in having secure software if all your hardware is built in the People’s Republic of China?

  3. @Buzzword – “What’s the point in having secure software if all your hardware is built in the People’s Republic of China?”

    So are you saying that you don’t bother with having any software security at all on anything you control?

    I guess all the world’s IT vendors and customers should just bin all their security staff, since in your view there’s no point in having secure software. They can instead use the savings on something more important such as executive bonuses. Trebles all around!

  4. What’s the point in having secure software if all your hardware is built in the People’s Republic of China?

    Quite a lot, apparently. …but who told you that all the hardware will be built in China anyway?

  5. Without the emcumberance of not knowing what MS might be doing under the covers.

  6. Not really. There is nothing open source which can do calendaring at scale.

    I have looked at it again… and again… and again… for 15 years. Nope, no cookie.

  7. Not so sure about that. I have had to try over the years a lot of alternatives to the Exchange calendar – and indeed, most of them keel over when you throw more than a few thousand appointments at them. In the end I settled on Horde. Configured with a PostgreSQL back-end (I believe it can also run on MariaDB/MySQL) – it should scale up really nicely. It is definitely much more efficient than Exchange, which needs 8GB of RAM and a Xeon processor just for a small office with 10 workstations. The Linux server for the same office now runs on a 10 year old machine with 1GB of RAM – comfortably. Horde has been churning away for years now at a number of my clients’ offices without giving me any grief – unlike the few clients who still have Exchange, which constantly throws tantrums.

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