Kaspersky has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office against Microsoft for allegedly abusing its dominant position to promote its own security software, Windows Defender.
We saw the suit coming, and it will be chaotic. Last November, Kaspersky Lab, which is one of the most reputed cybersecurity companies on the planet, filed a complaint with Russian authorities against Microsoft for ‘playing dirty’ with Windows Defender, a native security software that Microsoft installs in its OS and that has been greatly improved on Windows 10’s latest version.
Although Kaspersky acknowledges that Microsoft has listened to its complaints and made some changes, that is not enough, therefore filing the antitrust complaint presenting a general argument that we already knew: Windows takes advantage of the 92% market share it has in desktop computers.
Windows Defender is targeted
Kaspersky states that “with the release of Windows 10, Microsoft started to create obstacles to competing manufacturers of security solutions, and introduce different ways of pushing users to forgo third-party software in favor of its own Windows Defender”.
According to the company, Windows Defender is not as good as to be heavily promoted by Microsoft since it is lagging behind other commercial security software: “Windows Defender is far from being the best protection that a user can get”. Besides, “Microsoft is gradually squeezing independent developers out of the Windows ecosystem if it has its own application for this or that purpose”.
“We want Microsoft to stop misleading and misinforming our customers and the rest of the users… We want all the security solutions to be able to work on the Windows platform under equal conditions. And we want to see users being able to decide for themselves what they want and consider important to them”, as stated by the Russian security provider.
Microsoft has responded as expected in a statement: “Microsoft’s primary objective is to keep customers protected. We are confident that the security features of Windows 10 comply with competition laws. And we will answer any questions regulators may have”.
We will see what happens since we might witness another case similar to that of the browsers in Windows.