Yandex will become the default homepage and search for Windows 10 users in Russia and several other countries

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Yandex, Russia’s largest internet company, have announced their new agreement with Microsoft to make Yandex as the default homepage and search for the Microsoft Edge browser as well as IE across Windows 10 devices for people in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Turkey, and several other countries in the region.

According to agreement between the two companies, Microsoft will deliver custom experience with local browsing and search capabilities through the Yandex search engine across Windows 10 devices distributed in the region. Windows 10 is free to people running genuine copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8 that upgrade in the first year.

In addition, the agreement between Microsoft and Yandex will introduce people in these regions to the advantages of Windows 10 through the Yandex index page, which will offer them a place to download and install the official Windows 10 experience. The Yandex feature page will also showcase the capabilities of Windows 10, and offer people a seamless way to obtain it.

‘Windows 10 has already proven to be a success, while demonstrating enormous growth potential, not least because of Microsoft’s willingness to cooperate with strong players in local markets,’ said Arkady Volozh, CEO of Yandex. Added bonus for Windows 10 users is that Yandex will deliver Universal Windows Applications for search, navigator, music, taxi, market and maps.

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