Kaspersky Labs is still not happy with Microsoft Corporation (”NASDAQ”:”MICROSOFT). The Russian cybersecurity giant has reported antitrust issues against the Windows maker in the E.U. Kaspersky remains displeased with Microsoft’s suppression of competing anti-virus products on the Windows platform. More particularly, it claims Windows 10 goes as far as removing other anti-virus applications in favor of in-house software.
Kaspersky is a Russian producer of digital security and anti-virus products. Based in Moscow, the company is 20 years old with solutions that have a global reach. The recent Microsoft dispute is not the first complaint filed by the Russian security major. An earlier complaint was lodged with the Federal Antimonopoly Services (FAS) in Russia.
The claim is that Microsoft unfairly uses its Windows dominance to cast aside rival anti-virus software. Instead of products like Kaspersky, Windows will instead push products like Windows Defender to the fore. Yet the Redmond firm insists that it has made a few suitable alterations since the initial complaint. Kaspersky remains dissatisfied, though and has turned to both the Germen Federal Cartel Office and European Commision for assistance.
Kaspersky suppressed on Windows 10 (MSFT)
The issue is limited to the Windows OS, reports Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of the digital safety company. He claims that the U.S. technology firm (”NASDAQ”:”MICROSOFT) uses is stance on the Windows, especially Windows 10, to push its “inferior” security applications. Solutions like Widows Defenders are allowed to replace other anti-viruses despite user preferences.
When users decide to upgrade to Windows 10, Kaspersky and other solutions like it are often removed in favor of Windows-built software. Eugene says that this is extremely intentional of the part of Microsoft Corporation. According to him, the makers of Windows now disregard the priority of existing software when initiating its OS upgrades. The Russian cyber company says smooth compatibility is intentionally cast aside to render rival software unfavorable over in-house products.
Kaspersky and the rise of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) software
Yet there are significant improvements which can be seen in products like Windows Defender. These have come to the forefront in recent years,making the solution more formidable in the process. Now Windows Defender forms part of the numerous Microsoft solutions built in and defaultly activated on Windows 10.
Microsoft insists that this makes Windows users safer, but Kaspersky argues that the move is incredibly anti-competitive. “We want Microsoft to stop misleading and misinforming our users,” Kaspersky blogged. “We want to see all security solutions being able to work on the Windows platform on a level playing field.”
However, Redmond is adamant Windows 10 remains in line with competitive standards. The company says its main objective is secure the protection of customers and their data. Windows 10 is fully compliant “with competition laws,” says a MSFT spokesperson. Microsoft Corporation(”NASDAQ”:”MICROSOFT) remains is extremely confident about this. “We will answer any questions regulators may have.”