Beacon Transcript – Microsoft is being investigated by the Russian Antitrust agency after Kaspersky Lab issued a complaint against the company. It also allegedly failed in its attempts to resolve the matter directly with the tech giant.
The claim was brought to the public attention last week. The Russian Antitrust authorities declared that they will be investigating Microsoft after it reportedly abused its dominance in the antivirus domain.
The main accuser is the Kaspersky Lab internet security company which is based in Moscow, Russia. The developer claims to have tried to resolve its problems directly with the company.
According to Kaspersky, the giant company modified and greatly reduced the adjustment period available to independent developers for the new Windows 10 operating system.
The former adjustment period for previous versions was of about two months. The current period available for the new Microsoft Windows operating system is of just 6 days.
Another issue would be the fact that following the update to Windows 10, the user’s previous antivirus software gets automatically deactivated. It is then replaced by the Windows Defender, or Microsoft’s own antivirus.
Kaspersky Lab considers that the 6 days periods time is insufficient for any third-party developer. They cannot properly ensure compatibility and a good functioning of their antivirus software.
The antivirus developer also pointed out that the tech giant’s system also blocks other antivirus program license expiration warnings. It also activates its own software as soon as a third-party product’s trial version expires.
Amongst their complaints, they also drew attention to the fact that direct communication did not resolve the issue. Multiple discussions with the company have failed in their attempt to resolve the matter.
As such, the FAS or the Federal Antimonopoly Service has been notified. It is currently investigating whether Microsoft violated one of the Federal Laws On The Protection of Competition.
Part 1, Article 10 of the respective law states that no dominant position company of the respective market should use its position so as to impose upon its market competition.
The dominant company should not lead to restrictions, preventions or even eliminations of other market players. The well-being of their customers should not be affected.
The FAS Deputy Head, Anatoly Golomolzin announced that Microsoft will be investigated. These claims seem to point to the company’s pursuit of unreasonable advantages.
According to the same Golomolzin, the Russian Antitrust will seek to ensure that all the antivirus market participants are offered equal conditions and advantages.
They will seek to ensure that Microsoft will not be using its status as operating system developer to an unfair purpose.
Although an official Microsoft declaration in this regard has yet to be issued, Eugene Kaspersky released a number of observations on the matter in a blog post.
Amongst them was the fact that he considers that Microsoft is trying to eliminate the contribution of third-party developers out of its latest Windows operating system.
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