Kaspersky Drops Microsoft Antitrust Case

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

Rather than face potential fines and bring more scrutiny to Windows 10, it decided to make the above changes, much to the delight of Kaspersky.

Kaspersky is withdrawing its European antitrust complaint against Microsoft today. Originally, the Russian based anti-virus provider accused Microsoft of pushing its own antivirus over third party software in Windows. The crux of Kaspersky's complaint is the way Microsoft was forcing its own Windows Defender AV software on Windows 10 users - Windows Defender is built into the very fabric of Windows 10 - while disabling existing third-party AV software that doesn't yet fit Microsoft's compatibility criteria.

In response to the Kaspersky antitrust complaint, Microsoft will be making major changes to Windows 10 in the Fall Creators Update.

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

Microsoft had denied breaking any laws and said that its goal was to help protect Windows 10 customers from cyber security threats.

"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", Rob Lefferts, partner director, Windows Enterprise, and Security, said in the blog post.

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"Part of delivering on that commitment is listening and responding to feedback from our customers and partners", Lefferts said.

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.

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 also said it will work with antivirus vendors to help them with compatibility reviews in advance of each updated feature becoming available to customers.

If an anti-virus application's license expires, instead of showing a toast notification that may be ignored by the user, a new persistent notification will be visible on the screen that will remain until the user decides to renew their license or choose to transition to Windows Defender or another third-party solution. "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", the company wrote.

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

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