Microsoft leaves Azerbaijan

Microsoft Azerbaijan, the representative office of the global IT giant in Azerbaijan, is closing. According to, this statement was made by the president of the Azerbaijani internet forum Osman Gunduz. He says that the head of the Microsoft representative office in Azerbaijan and most of his employees have already stopped working.

“To be more precise, they have been fired. Our friends that we have known for years in this sector no longer work for Microsoft Azerbaijan. Apparently, Microsoft has not offered these employees to work in the offices of other countries,” said the expert. said.

According to Gunduz, this situation comes as a bolt from the blue for the Azerbaijani government, including the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport: “Although the HP office in our country was closed several years ago, no one foresaw Microsoft’s departure.

This company is a global infrastructure that influences and manages the IT environment around the world, promotes innovation and influences the global order as a whole. The departure from Azerbaijan is simply unthinkable.

According to the expert, Microsoft also ceased operations in Russia and Belarus and more than 500 employees of the Russian Microsoft office were fired in one go. So who will implement Microsoft’s projects and commitments related to Azerbaijan? What will happen with the use of Windows and updates for this software, and what will become of applications such as Office, Office365, Azure and other licensed programs? What happens to contracts with government agencies? And what should Microsoft’s millions of customers prepare for? How is it all supported and managed?

“It turns out that all Microsoft’s activities in Azerbaijan are now coordinated from the offices of this company in other countries. As strange and unbelievable as it may sound, for example, but Microsoft solutions in the field of education in Azerbaijan (e.g. MS Teams, etc. .) will be managed by someone in the Georgian office. Someone else, for example, in the Irish office of this company, will be responsible for issues related to Microsoft solutions in state institutions of Azerbaijan,” Gunduz said.

The expert believes that Microsoft’s withdrawal from the Azerbaijani market should worry the country’s leaders and cause a reaction. The company has not yet released any official information regarding the closure of its Azerbaijani office. There are also no details about the reasons for the company’s withdrawal from the country’s market.

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