Kaspersky to drop Anti trust complaint against Microsoft

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Kaspersky filed an antitrust complaint in June over the issue, arguing that Microsoft didn't give it enough time to make its software compatible with Windows 10, automatically deactivated third-party anti-virus software for its own Windows Defender solution.

Kaspersky Lab had accused Microsoft of making it hard to run antivirus software on Windows in what Kaspersky claimed was an attempt to promote Microsoft's own security products.

Today Microsoft has once again responded, saying that it is "evolving its approach" to Windows antivirus, while also agreeing to make some changes in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

In response to the kickback over telemetry data collection, Microsoft simplified its settings menu, making it easier to switch off some data collection.

Microsoft has agreed to provide antivirus makers more time to prepare for upcoming Windows updates and receive the final Windows builds earlier.

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

Additionally, it will reportedly now enable AV partners to "use their own alerts and notifications to renew antivirus products before and after they have expired".

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Microsoft has modified how Windows will inform users when their antivirus application has expired and is no longer protecting them. 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. Kaspersky has been frustrated for some time with what it called "underhanded tactics" from Microsoft that were meant to eliminate third-party antivirus competition on Windows.

"We made great progress in building upon our shared understanding of how we deliver Windows 10 updates", he wrote.

Kaspersky made a complaint to the Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) last year, and to the European Commission and the German antitrust authority in June this year.

Microsoft said it appreciated the feedback Kaspersky and other antivirus partners gave it, although one could say these changes may have not happened unless Kaspersky filed not just the first antitrust lawsuit in Russian Federation, but also the second one in the European Union.

The Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab has dropped its antitrust complaints against Microsoft, over the USA software giant's treatment of third-party security tools in Windows 10. And so the matter comes to a close. The resolution will not be immediate, it will be the Fall Creators Update which brings this change as well as changing the permissions of third party AV messages. Likewise, Microsoft does not seem to harbor any ill feelings, at least not publicly.

"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".

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