Kaspersky withdraws antitrust complaints against Microsoft

Kaspersky drops anti-trust complaint – here's what Microsoft did to appease them

Kaspersky drops anti-trust complaint – here's what Microsoft did to appease them

"We are grateful Microsoft is addressing these issues completely, making sure that both partnerships and diversity are preserved on the market for both user and industry benefit".

Additionally, Microsoft said it intends to work closely with AV vendors to help them with compatibility issues before future Windows updates are rolled out.

Kaspersky will withdraw its antitrust complaint against Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) in Europe after the company agreed to change anti-virus notifications in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

All changes will be applied to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and Mochola said that his company is so elated that it's withdrawing its official complaint against Microsoft.

The requirement to interact with an alert about the expiration of a third party security software product and choose Windows Defender as an alternate is straight forward and leaves choice in the hands of the user.

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Microsoft has averted a potential antitrust battle over security features in Windows 10, agreeing to make changes to the operating system sought by Russian anti-virus software builder Kaspersky Lab.

The issue had started past year when Kaspersky had accused Microsoft of anti-competitiveness, arguing that the Windows maker wasn't giving other developers enough notice for updates leaving computer unprotected or reliant on Microsoft's own Windows Defender.

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 more your security solution is compatible with your operating system, the less it affects performance and stability".

In its own blog post about the agreement, Kaspersky Vice President of Consumer Products Andrei Mochola said the company was pleased with the resolution. It's also changing the way Windows 10 notifies users when an AV subscription is about to run out, with the alert persisting on screen until the user renews or opts to use Defender instead.

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"Keeping the security solution and its databases up to date is absolutely necessary to ensure a strong level of protection, so these notifications have to be unmissable", he said.

The tech giant said on Tuesday that the updates patch two major security vulnerabilities that could potentially allow a hacker to take control of your computer, create new user accounts and install malicious software.

We have a long history of cooperation with Microsoft, and we sincerely believe that these changes will make the cybersecurity market healthier, resulting in better protection for all users.

According to Rob Lefferts, Microsoft's Partner Director for Windows Enterprise and Security, the companies had the opportunity to hash out their differences during Microsoft's Virus Initiative forum meetings that were held last month. Privacy groups claimed the collection was invasive, and many advanced users would disable most of the monitoring options to limit the amount of data collected.

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