Microsoft Caves in to Kaspersky's Demands

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Antivirus maker Kaspersky Lab has just dropped its European antitrust complaint against Microsoft after the Redmond firm agreed to make changes in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft will also work directly with AV vendors to resolve compatibility issues before the launch of feature updates and will give "better visibility and certainty" regarding its roadmap for major updates. Kaspersky Lab accused Microsoft of preventing competing producers of antiviral solutions from discharging their obligations to users to the full degree and leaving them unsecured, limiting their opportunities to select antivirus software and leading to financial losses for third party producers. According to Microsoft, the changes bring "common ground" with Kaspersky on their complaints, and will mark the company's commitment to keeping Windows 10 users safe.

"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", he wrote in a blog post.

However, on Thursday Kaspersky Lab said it was satisfied that Microsoft had addressed its complaints, and it was withdrawing the antitrust filings made in Berlin and Brussels.

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. "We work closely with AV partners like Kaspersky Lab, and at our Microsoft Virus Initiative forum last month, we made great progress in building upon our shared understanding of how we deliver Windows 10 updates and security experiences that help ensure the ongoing safety of Windows customers".

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The upcoming Windows version will allow notifications from third-party anti-virus apps so that users know as quickly as possible that the product needs updating.

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. 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.

"We will enable AV providers to use their own alerts and notifications to renew antivirus products before and after they have expired", Lefferts added.

Microsoft had poo-pooed the complaint but previously confessed that an update changed the way that Windows 10 deals with AV incompatibilities - by switching them off without warning the user.

"We appreciate the feedback and continued dialogue with our partners and are pleased to have found common ground with Kaspersky Lab on the complaints raised in Russian Federation and Europe". Users would also receive unambiguous communication as to what security application they were turning on and the consequences of that action.

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