Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Kaspersky drops Microsoft antitrust complaints over Windows 10

Kaspersky drops Microsoft antitrust complaints over Windows 10

Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday it would withdraw antitrust complaints made in Europe against Microsoft after the US technology giant agreed to change how it delivers security updates to Windows users. In a blog post published late Wednesday, Microsoft said it would work more closely with antivirus vendors before software updates are launched to help mitigate compatibility issues. Kaspersky originally filed its complaint back in June, claiming that Microsoft disabled its anti-virus software during Windows upgrades and that the software maker was using its dominance to "fiercely promote" its own Windows Defender software. Company founder Eugene Kaspersky said at the time that Microsoft had removed Kaspersky's antivirus software when customers installed Windows 10 in order to make users adopt Defender, which he derided as an "inferior" product.

Almost a year ago, Kaspersky alleged Microsoft made it very hard for security vendors to be included in the the Windows 10 operating system.

Now, it appears that both firms have resolved their issues with Kaspersky dropping its complaint against Microsoft as the Redmond giant promises to make changes to Windows 10. "Instead of providing an initial toast notification that users could ignore, the new notification will persist on the screen until the user either elects to renew the existing solution or chooses to rely on Windows Defender or another solution provider", says Rob Lefferts, Microsoft's director of program management for Windows enterprise and security.

Microsoft will give AV partners better visibility and certainty around release schedules for feature updates.

The last two changes are of course somewhat intrusive, and who has not been annoyed by Kaspersky pop-ups telling us our subscription has expired.

"Such promotion is conducted using questionable methods, and we want to bring these methods to the attention of the anti-competition authorities". It also mentioned that it had offered to meet with Kaspersky executives to discuss their joint concerns, but the request was not entertained by the Russian anti-virus company.

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.

Kaspersky first filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft in its native Russian Federation last November, followed by complaints to the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office in July. "The more your security solution is compatible with your operating system, the less it affects performance and stability".

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