Kaspersky Withdraws Windows 10 Antivirus Antitrust Action against Microsoft

Kaspersky Withdraws Windows 10 Antivirus Antitrust Action against Microsoft

Indeed, the company has acquiesced to most of Kaspersky's requests and will give third-party AV firms more time to prepare for Windows updates and ensure they receive the final RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Windows earlier.

Back in June, Kaspersky filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft, citing anti-competitive practices from the company. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will make changes to the next update of Windows this fall. "Kaspersky Lab is also taking all steps necessary to withdraw its filings to the European Commission and to Germany's Federal Cartel Office, stating that it has no more claims for Microsoft to address".

The crux of the matter is the way in which Microsoft issues security updates in Windows 10, an operating system that has Microsoft's own antivirus service, Windows Defender, built into it. Kaspersky Lab took issue with Microsoft's updates disabling "incompatible" security software, after third-party security developers had only one week in which to prepare for upcoming updates.

THE SPAT between Kaspersky and Microsoft appears to have been resolved, with the OS giant promising to make changes to Windows 10 that appease the complaints made.

To placate Kaspersky, Microsoft will allow AV products to "use their own alerts and notifications to renew antivirus products before and after they have expired".

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It added that the two companies had held "fruitful discussions" in recent months about how "antivirus services should operate in the Windows ecosystem to help ensure a safe environment for Windows users". "We look forward to our continued partnership with the industry".

Both companies simultaneously announced a resolution to almost a year of disputes that included Kaspersky alleging that Microsoft had erected unfair obstacles for independent security vendors on its Windows 10 operating system. The formal complaint to European Union and German antitrust regulators in June, said "hurdles" created by Microsoft limit consumer choice and drive up the cost of security software.

Additionally, Rob Leffert, partner director for Windows Enterprise and Security, revealed a number of other changes the company is making as it "evolves" its approach to Windows AV security.

However, these changes have not been enough for Kaspersky, which claimed that Microsoft is still engaging in tactics such as crippling its products, restricting its advertising ability and even advising users to uninstall third-party anti-virus software.

"Microsoft's primary objective is to keep customers protected and we are confident that the security features of Windows 10 comply with competition laws", the company said in a statement. "They'd love nothing more than to be able to concentrate on trying to out-smart the single security solution of a monopolist".

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