updated 12:20 pm EDT, Wed June 10, 2009
MS Russia to solve issues
In response to last week's accusations by the Russian government that Microsoft is pulling copies of its Windows XP operating system from store shelves early, the Microsoft Russia CEO Nikolai Pryanishnikov on Wednesday said the software maker will fully resolve the related issues. The regional chief said Microsoft Russia has received documents containing the issues and believes they can be addressed "without any problems."
"Further, if there is dialogue and some solutions are required, we will cooperate and meet all demands, and continue to work in Russia for the good of consumers," he added.
Russia's state anti-monopoly service, FAS, also launched a probe into notebook manufacturers Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, HP, Samsung and Dell as a result of the Microsoft complaint. These PC builders have been shipping notebooks with Windows Vista but haven't given users choices for alternative operating systems, the government body said.
Monopolist accusations such as these are rare in Russia, though national officials regularly speak to firms as a preventative measure.