Russia's state anti-monopoly service has started a probe of Microsoft over cutbacks in supplies of the Windows XP operating system in Russia, it said yesterday.
The agency said it thought Microsoft had violated antimonopoly legislation by cutting delivery of Windows XP to Russia both separately and pre-installed on personal computers, as well as in its pricing policy on the product.
"Analysis of the market for various operating systems shows the transfer to the new Windows Vista operating system is occurring while demand for the previous operating system, Windows XP, continues," the service said.
"Demand for separately packaged and pre-installed versions of Windows XP is also confirmed by retailers and the number of orders from the government."
I've read some opinions about this that pointed out the high percentage of software piracy in Russia. They went on to point out that XP is much easier to pirate than Windows 7. I wonder if there's anything to that argument.
Secondary reports I've encountered seem to indicate Russia is catching up with computers and needs a supported OS for a little longer and want to keep XP in production a bit longer, ie., not interested in a new upgraded OS the old one is working fine! How much smoke and mirrors those claims might be I can't say, but there is a certain logic to it. AND that Vista and Win7 are generally bears to pirate for Average User...