Russian antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab is all set for a big clash with Microsoft and it’s so upset with US software giant Microsoft, that the security firm has filed more antitrust complaints against the company.
Microsoft ships Windows 10 with its own security software Windows Defender, which comes enabled it by default with the operating system.While Microsoft has made some changes in Windows Defender since the initial complaint, Kaspersky Lab is not satisfied with the changes, filing more antitrust complaints against the software giant, this time with the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office.
Microsoft built the anti virus software into Windows, saying this protected users but Kaspersky said it was anti-competitive.
Microsoft said in a statement on Tuesday that it had not violated any laws.
“Microsoft’s primary objective is to keep customers protected,” the company said in an emailed statement. “We are confident that the security features of Windows 10 comply with competition laws. And we will answer any questions regulators may have.”
Kaspersky filed the complaints after the two companies failed to resolve their differences through private negotiations. The Moscow-based company said in a statement that Microsoft’s action had resulted in “a lower level of protection for users, a limitation on their right to choose and financial losses both for users and security solutions manufacturers.”
Kaspersky in November threatened to complain to the European Commission but in April said it would hold off because Microsoft had agreed to make some changes.Microsoft said it had “taken a number of steps” to address Kaspersky’s concerns, including offering several months ago to set up a meeting between executives of both companies.
“That meeting has not yet taken place,” Microsoft said.
The European Commission confirmed it had received Kaspersky’s complaint without giving further details. Microsoft said it had “taken a number of steps” to address Kaspersky’s concerns, including offering several months ago to set up a meeting between executives of both companies.
Although Kaspersky considers Microsoft’s move to enable its own anti-virus software by default on Windows 10 unfair, having a built-in free antivirus tool in this age of data breaches and cyber attacks is very useful for users who can’t buy, or don’t buy, a good antivirus for their PCs.
However, it’s still to be seen what EU regulators decide to do about this matter.