Microsoft sees some Russian issues resolved soon

MOSCOW Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:52am EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Microsoft's Russia unit can resolve some of the issues raised in an anti-monopoly probe by providing information and will fully comply to resolve the rest of them, the CEO of Microsoft Rus LLC said on Wednesday.

"We received documents containing some questions we are answering now. I think that will remove some of the issues without any problems," Nikolai Pryanishnikov told Reuters.

"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."

Last week, Russia's state anti-monopoly service FAS launched a probe of Microsoft over cutbacks in supplies of the Windows XP operating system in Russia and on Wednesday it said it was also launching a probe into laptop makers.

It said it had launched a probe into Acer Inc, Asustek, Toshiba Corp, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung Electronics and Dell Inc.

"The signs of violation of the anti-monopoly legislation are seen in agreed actions by laptop makers which have been preinstalling an operating system of the one same producer," FAS said in a statement on its website www.fas.gov.ru.

It said in most cases customers were unable to buy a laptop of the above-mentioned producers without the pre-installed Windows OS or were not able to refuse to use the operating system they were "foisted off" with the laptops.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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