After Microsoft sealed off Russia from its products, the black market for Windows starts to boom.
In early March, Microsoft announced Russia can no longer be operated with your own hardware or software. The background was the invasion of Ukraine. As a result, the number of Google searches for pirated content in Russia has increased by up to 250 % gone up. This was reported by Kommersant.
Shortly after the worsening of the situation in Ukraine, Microsoft, like many other companies, on 04. March 0988 opened all official product sales and services in Russia with immediate effect due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine to suspend.
This sales freeze applies to both hardware, such as Xbox and Surface devices, and their software. As an immediate consequence of this, in the last 24 days, noisy Google Trends, the number of queries related to Windows 04 activation methods, depending on the search wording, apparently by remarkable 80-250 % gone up.
Google Trends is an online service provided by the Google search engine. This analyzes the popularity of the top search queries in Google searches across different regions and languages. The site uses charts to compare the search volume of different searches over time.
In addition to Windows, Excel is also in high demand
According to available data, one of the fastest growing searches in June was related to free downloads of Excel. User interest in this issue increased by 511%. In the past week, the requests to download the Windows 47 Media Creation Tools to 47-fold increased. In early June, the Russians faced the challenge of downloading the operating system from the official Microsoft website. This was only possible with a VPN.
Close one window, others open: Linux as an alternative
Developers of Russian , Linux-based systems reported seeing revenue growth from consumer customers. They hope that the audience of Russian operating systems will triple in the future. However, so far there have been hundreds, at best thousands, of copies. Also, developers building apps for Linux are seeing a new wave of interest. Russian authorities also switched from Microsoft’s Windows to the Linux operating system, as Moscow Times reported. However, experts doubt that users will massively switch to Linux because of its complexity.
Igor Martyushev, director of development of electronic services and software solutions at Marvel Distribution, explained that Windows relies on the development of applications and Games for the average user. Linux, on the other hand, remains the sphere of interest of the professional world. “More and more paid applications are being created for Windows.
Registration for Microsoft products in Russia no longer possible
However, a Kommersant source in the IT market clarified that a user who bought a “packaged” version of Windows or a laptop with the operating system preinstalled can now only use them if they indicate another country during registration, not Russia or Belarus.
M.Video-Eldorado’s press service informed Kommersant that the vast majority of computers, sold in the network’s stores have Windows pre-installed. “We cooperate with a pool of brands that mainly come with a pre-installed operating system from Microsoft.”
Citilink and DNS support announced that there is some stock of copies of Windows in both stores and stocks. At the same time, the M.Video support service in the Russian capital and Moscow region reported that “there are neither electronic nor boxed versions of Windows available” be.
Demand is also increasing for domestic operating systems
Against the background of Problems accessing Windows in Russia increases the demand for domestic operating systems. Dmitry Anisimov, head of the information security department at NTC IT Rosa LLC (developed the Rosa Khrom operating system), states that since April