June 16, 2009 / 11:53 AM / 10 years ago

Microsoft plans to double Russian sales in 3 yrs

MOSCOW, June 16 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Tuesday it plans to double Russian sales in the next three years as the Russian IT market has yet to catch up with more developed peers.

“According to the active growth strategy, we are planning to double sales in the next three years,” Chief executive of Microsoft Rus LLC, Nikolai Pryanishnikov, was quoted by a Microsoft statement as saying.

Microsoft does not disclose the size of its Russian sales but says they had approached those in European markets in 2007.

To help achieve the target, Microsoft plans to promote its software among telecom operators’ subscribers — the company said it had appointed Sergei Korovin as director of telecom sector relations.

The U.S. company is the subject of a probe by the Russian anti-trust regulator over whether it broke competition law by holding back supplies of its Windows XP operating system to the Russian market.

The regulator is also probing laptop makers whose machines contain pre-installed Microsoft software. [ID:nLA1022911] (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by David Holmes)

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