In order to become (more) independent of American companies, a Russian company is currently developing an alternative to Microsoft Exchange. The program is intended to replace server functionality and be available to Russian companies.
After Russia caused quite a stir some time ago with its plans to separate its internet within its national borders from the rest of the world with the push of a button, efforts are continuing to achieve technical independence from foreign companies. Software developers from the Russian Astra group are currently working on an alternative to Microsoft Exchange, which is supposed to free Russian companies from Microsoft.
Windows Exchange has become the company’s mail RuPost
The Astra Group is a merger of several software companies in Russia that want to exchange different Microsoft and Apple products through their own development. One of them is Astra Linux, a Linux distribution for the Russian authorities that was released some time ago and is already in use. In addition to Windows, Astra Group also wants to replace other Microsoft software such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Active Directory, OneDrive, Hyper-V and Microsoft Exchange with its internal developments.
Active Directory will disappear in December 2021 in favor of ALD Pro and instead of Microsoft Outlook there will likely be a Thunderbird variant. Exchange is scheduled to be replaced at the end of the first quarter of 2022 and will be called RuPost Corporate Mail. The latter should take over all functionality from Exchange, including email boxes, calendar, address book search, and contacts. The developers also want to provide a migration tool so that users can move their data from Exchange to the new software.
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