Microsoft Opens Windows Code For Russian Security Service

Microsoft has given Russia's Federal Security Service, the FSB, access to the program codes of its Windows 7 and Office 2010 software in a bid to boost government software sales, Russian newspaper Vedomsti has informed.

Bloomberg reports that the FSB, the successor to the KGB, will be now be able to review Microsoft's operating system as a whole instead of as individual applications, allowing the Redmond-based software maker to acquire more IT contracts from the Russian government.

Vedomsti states that Microsoft had generated $1 billion in software sales in Russia, and that, according to Microsoft Russia president Nikolai Pryanishnikov, 10 per cent of which came from government contracts.

The Windows 7 OS and Office 2010 productivity software suite have become the one of the company's best selling software products, with Microsoft experiencing record demand world wide.

By offering the FSB the programming code to Windows 7 and Office 2010, the company will look to boost its government software sales not only in Russia, but also other countries, who are likely to follow Russia in asking for access to the codes.