Kaspersky Lab, Russian antivirus software company has accused Microsoft of anticompetitive practices and Russian authorities have started an investigation after Kaspersky’s complaint. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, has taken to his blog to lay out his full complaint that to some sound familiar to things we’ve heard in the industry before about how Microsoft’s grand scheme is to eventually squeeze-out its competition through sneaky tactics.
Eugene Kaspersky claims that Microsoft bundled its antivirus software Windows Defender with Windows 10, which is an anticompetitive behavior claiming that Microsoft used its dominant market position to restrict and eliminate competition.
Kaspersky added that Microsoft has significantly reduced the time period given to independent developers to adapt their antivirus software for the company’s latest operating system – Windows 10 – from two months to just six days. This has resulted in many security apps to be flagged as incompatible and then replaced with Microsoft’s own Windows Defender.
The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service is investigating the allegations from Kaspersky. The FAS explains that Microsoft may have violated Part 1, Article 10 of the Federal Law, which regulates protection of competition.
This is why Microsoft should worry: Losing the Russian market
Russian authorities say that they want to offer equal opportunities to all companies doing business in the country and latest investigation started by Russian agencies is not the only problem that Microsoft is facing in Russia.
In June 2016, Microsoft announced that it is acquiring LinkedIn, a social networking website for professionals. However, LinkedIn will be blocked in Russia as a local court has ruled that the service breaches the country’s data protection rules. The ruling came after LinkedIn failed to shift data of users on Russian servers to comply with the country’s laws.
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, is also making a move to push off various foreign software providers from the country. The government sees Microsoft as a major threat as Putin believes that some Microsoft products like Office and Windows can be potentially used by governments of other countries to spy on Russia.