Microsoft says Russian companies will be forced off its cloud services within days

Despite recent reports that Microsoft was all set to ban Russian companies from its suite of cloud services from March 20, it turns out this still isn’t in effect, but should be by the end of March 2024 – this week – instead, after the company held discussions with IT platform Softline, one of its customers.

As a reminder, the ban isn’t a political move on Microsoft’s part, but several cloud storage providers’ hands being forced by economic sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russian-owned companies back in December 2023 as a result of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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