Work done: “Microsoft” rushed to the disadvantage of others

11-11-2016 | 13:51

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) opened a case against “Microsoft” upon signs of abusing dominance (Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition”).

“Microsoft” cut down significantly the period for adapting compatibility of antivirus software developed by third parties for the Windows 10 operational system: from 2 months to 6 calendar days.

“Kaspersky Laboratory” JSC complained about such “Microsoft” actions because the process of adapting antivirus software plays the key role in timely release of software versions compatible with the operational system, which, in its turn, determines their fully-fledged performance on devices.

Deputy Head of FAS Anatoly Golomolzin commented: “Since “Microsoft” itself develops antivirus software - Windows Defender that switches on automatically if third-party software fails to adapt to Windows 10 in due time, such actions lead to unreasonable advantages for “Microsoft” on the software market. Our task is to ensure equal conditions for all participants on this market”.

Part 1 Article 10 of No.135-FZ Federal Law “On Protection of Competition” of 26.07.2006 prohibits actions (omissions) of an economic dominant with the dominant position that lead or can lead to preventing, restricting, eliminating competition and (or) infringing the interests of other persons (economic entities) in business activities or consumers at large.