Thursday, 22 June 2017 06:48

Russia gives Microsoft a month to act on 'monopoly' issues Featured

By

Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service has given Microsoft a month to take action over what it calls violations of the country's anti-monopoly laws.

The warning comes in the wake of Kaspersky Lab filing an anti-trust complaint against the software giant last year.

Kaspersky has filed similar cases with the European Commission and Germany's Federal Cartel Office against what it calls Microsoft's abuse of its dominant position in the operating system market and its unfair competition in the anti-virus market.

On Wednesday, Microsoft admitted that it had disabled some third-party anti-virus software at the time of the Windows 10 Creators Update due to compatibility reasons, though it did not mention any vendor by name.

The FAS said Microsoft should act to change the alleged restrictions it imposed on users of anti-virus software from third parties.

It also called for what it said were changes in the ways used to disable anti-virus software and prevent their being updated. The company was told to rectify what FAS called the complicated procedures that were needed to update third-party anti-virus software.

Microsoft was also warned about its alleged failure to ensure timely two-way communication.

The FAS also claimed that Microsoft may have violated the anti-monopoly legislation by employing certain methods inducing users to stop using anti-virus programmes made by third parties and to activate software made by Microsoft (Windows Defender).

Commenting on the FAS notice to Microsoft, Nadezhda Kashchenko, chief intellectual property counsel at Kaspersky Lab, told iTWire: "In this matter, Kaspersky Lab's main objective is to provide people with the ability to choose the most reliable, high-quality protection against all types of cyber threats.

"We are pleased with the FAS decision because first and foremost, it will have a positive effect on users. If Microsoft reconsiders its actions in accordance with the warning, users will be able to make an informed choice when selecting a cyber security solution without unfair outside influence.

"This will also have a positive impact on the security solution market, as it will ensure a level playing field for all vendors and contribute to healthy competition."

Microsoft has been contacted for comment.

Read 4403 times

Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here
BACK TO LATEST NEWS here

ENABLING MICROSOFT TEAMS IN THE CONTACT CENTRE

If you're looking at enabling Microsoft Teams for your contact centre, you should bookmark this webinar.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

Our panellists from Whangarei District Council (NZ) and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers (Aus) were closely involved in recent projects to enable Microsoft Teams for their own contact centres.

They have kindly agreed to join Enghouse and Microsoft to talk about some of the things they would recommend as most critical for IT and CX professionals planning a Teams Contact Centre migration.

Date: 11 May 2022
Time: 12pm AEST | 2pm NZST | 10am SGT

We look forward to having you join us. Please click the button below to register.

REGISTER HERE!

SONICWALL 2022 CYBER THREAT REPORT

The past year has seen a meteoric rise in ransomware incidents worldwide.

Over the past 12 months, SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers have diligently tracked the meteoric rise in cyberattacks, as well as trends and activity across all threat vectors, including:

Ransomware
Cryptojacking
Encrypted threats
IoT malware
Zero-day attacks and more

These exclusive findings are now available via the 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, which ensures SMBs, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations have the actionable threat intelligence needed to combat the rising tide of cybercrime.

Click the button below to get the report.

GET REPORT!

PROMOTE YOUR WEBINAR ON ITWIRE

It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinars and campaigns and assistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.

MORE INFO HERE!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments