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Microsoft Addresses Kaspersky Concerns to End Antitrust Complaint

Kaspersky Labs, the Russian-based security firm, has agreed to withdraw antitrust complaints it lobbied against Microsoft. The complaint came from the way Windows 10 disabled or broke 3rd party security applications when Microsoft’s latest OS is updated.

Microsoft has promised to work more closely with security vendors to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Despite this agreement, with Windows 10 Microsoft is pushing its own services as best-of-breed for security.

Full report: Kaspersky Lab to withdraw Microsoft antitrust complaints

Microsoft’s proposed changes will come with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in the following form…

  • We will work more closely with AV vendors to help them with compatibility reviews in advance of each feature update becoming available to customers. This means customers can expect we will have worked through compatibility issues with AV providers before offering the update to customers running that AV.
  • We will give AV partners better visibility and certainty around release schedules for feature updates. This includes increasing the amount of time AV partners will have to review final builds before the next Windows 10 feature update is rolled out to customers.
  • We will enable AV providers to use their own alerts and notifications to renew antivirus products before and after they have expired.
  • We have modified how Windows will inform users when their antivirus application has expired and is no longer protecting them. 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.

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