Kaspersky filed a complaint against Microsoft, citing the company’s anti-competitive practices.
The editor says the Redmond giant is taking advantage of its dominant position to natively impose Windows Defender on its Windows 10 operating system.
Like Google, Microsoft is regularly the subject of antitrust complaints in Europe. This time, Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of the IT security firm named after him, denounced the abuse of the dominant position of the Redmond giant before the European Commission.
It accuses Microsoft of all efforts to privilege its free anti-virus Windows Defender on Windows 10, at the expense of third-party solutions more efficient. In his complaint, Kaspersky’s founder explained that Microsoft had disabled its antivirus software when users migrated to Windows 10.
In addition, Microsoft would have put in place drastic conditions that did not allow publishers time to adapt their solutions to the latest Updates to the operating system. For the Russian publisher, Microsoft simply tries to eliminate competition by getting rid of third-party software, not just security software.
All’s well That ends well
A situation that is reminiscent of the one Microsoft had known a few years ago with the browser Internet Explorer provided by default with Windows.
Microsoft finally responded to Kaspersky’s complaint and announced that major changes would be made to its Windows Insider update program for third-party applications.
While defending the reliability of Windows Defender and the obligation to natively protect all devices under Windows 10, the publisher said he was ready to work with antivirus vendors to resolve compatibility issues.
The firm also agreed to implement a more visible and persistent notification for license renewal of antivirus and allowed publishers to create their own system of notifications and alerts. Soothed by these changes, Kaspersky finally decided to withdraw his complaint against Microsoft …