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Kaspersky, Microsoft make peace; anti-trust motions dropped

11 Agosto 2017

Microsoft says it listened to feedback from the Windows Insider Program to meet the needs of advanced users and power users with Workstation PCs.

As for compatibility reviews, this being one of the big reasons updates were either not offered or ended up with the third party software quietly deactivated (which Microsoft did admit to doing) to prevent compatibility issues with the update, it is nice to see Microsoft offering more time for these reviews.

According to a blog post, Microsoft has now agreed to let its antivirus partners (such as Kaspersky) keep their software on equal footing with Windows Defender.

An official antitrust complaint had been filed with the European Commission and German Federal Cartel Officer against Microsoft in June.

Microsoft announced changes to its policies Thursday including providing more lead time for companies like Kaspersky Lab to ensure compatibility with Windows and allowing those companies to produce their own error messages.

Antivirus maker Kaspersky Lab is dropping its antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Russian Federation and Europe after the software giant announced a series of changes to ensure third-party cybersecurity products will no longer face compatibility issues on Windows 10.

"I'm pleased to share these discussions have helped us clarify our roadmap and implementation plans", said Rob Lefferts, director of Windows Enterprise. The software was apparently disabled and then replaced with Microsoft's own Windows Defender, a software security solution Kaspersky claims is inferior. The decision comes after Kaspersky Labs brought an antitrust law suit against Microsoft for disabling products their customers had purchased and expected to work. "As a result, we are making updates to our AV partner requirements today that reflect the interests of the community and our shared customers". 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. It has also changed the way that Windows 10 alerts users when their subscriptions expire so that they are less likely to miss the alert and end up using Microsoft's anti-virus software without realizing that they are doing so. Moreover, these alerts will persist on the screen until users renew or choose another antimalware solution.

Mochola welcomed the fact suppliers will be allowed to show their own notifications to help users renew licences before and after they have expired.

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.

"We look forward to our continued partnership with the industry", Lefferts wrote.

Kaspersky, Microsoft make peace; anti-trust motions dropped