Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Kaspersky Withdraws Windows 10 Antivirus Antitrust Action against Microsoft

Kaspersky Withdraws Windows 10 Antivirus Antitrust Action against Microsoft

Antivirus maker Kaspersky Lab is dropping its antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Russian Federation and Europe after the software giant announced a series of changes to ensure third-party cybersecurity products will no longer face compatibility issues on Windows 10.

An official antitrust complaint had been filed with the European Commission and German Federal Cartel Officer against Microsoft in June.

Kaspersky essentially alleges that Windows 10 does not allow Windows Defender to be switched off by default, causing conflicts with other security software which requires permission from users to perform actions such as scans.

Microsoft did not deny these problems but claimed it was aimed at ensuring Windows 10 users has continuous anti-virus coverage even when their anti-virus expired or became incompatible due to Windows updates. Things boiled over earlier this summer when Kaspersky filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft in Europe, after already having done so in Russian Federation.

"Kaspersky Lab and Microsoft have had a long history of cooperation in combatting cybersecurity threats across the world, and over the past months the companies conducted fruitful discussions about how antivirus services should operate in the Windows ecosystem to help ensure a safe environment for Windows users", Kaspersky Lab said in a statement. Microsoft's Rob Lefferts, a partner director of the Windows Enterprise and Security unit, made the admission in a blog post on the matter. They will also make the release schedules more visible and certain, allowing devs extra time for testing. Microsoft has promised to work with AV vendors more closely and give them more time to prepare their products. "As a result, we are making updates to our AV partner requirements today that reflect the interests of the community and our shared customers".

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In a blog post Wednesday, the Redmond, Wash., software behemoth said it is making changes to its approach to antivirus software including enabling third-party developers to alert customers before and after a subscription expires and giving them a better window into when it will release updates. Now, instead of displaying a discreet notification that users could ignore, Windows 10 will display a persistent notification that will stay on your screen until you: renew your existing security solution, opt for Windows Defender, or choose another solution.

"We have modified how Windows will inform users when their antivirus application has expired and is no longer protecting them", added Leffert.

"We are absolutely satisfied with the changes that will be implemented in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and we will be taking all necessary steps to withdraw our claims and inform all regulatory bodies that we no longer have any matters for Microsoft to address", Mochola wrote. "We look forward to our continued partnership with the industry", Microsoft said.

The changes will be implemented in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and Microsoft is expressing appreciation for the feedback and continued dialogue with its partners.

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