Kaspersky Withdraws Windows 10 Antivirus Antitrust Action against Microsoft

Kaspersky drops Microsoft antitrust complaint thanks to new ...

THE SPAT between Kaspersky and Microsoft appears to have been resolved, with the OS giant promising to make changes to Windows 10 that appease the complaints made. In a blog post published late Wednesday, Microsoft said it would work more closely with antivirus vendors before software updates are launched to help mitigate compatibility issues.

In response, Microsoft detailed its security process, saying that it disables older versions of third-party software like Kaspersky's anti-virus (AV) if they are incompatible with Windows 10. At the time, Kaspersky accused Microsoft of removing its software from users' PCs when they upgraded to Windows 10, turning to Windows Defender in its place.

It has also promised to give more OEM-like visibility to makers of security software to give them time to update their software ahead of public release.

Kaspersky has filed suits against Redmond in the EU, Germany and Russian Federation, claiming the tech giant pushes its own-brand Windows Defender above competitors' software. Both companies simultaneously announced a resolution to almost a year of disputes that included Kaspersky alleging that Microsoft had erected unfair obstacles for independent security vendors on its Windows 10 operating system. This means customers can expect we will have worked through compatibility issues with AV providers before offering the update to customers running that AV.

Microsoft will enable AV providers to use their own alerts and notifications to renew antivirus products before and after they have expired. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will make changes to the next update of Windows this fall.

Kaspersky has now agreed to drop the complaint, however, after the companies agreed on a series of changes to help mitigate Kaspersky's concerns. Rather than a dismissable pop-up, the alert that an antivirus license has expired will persist until the user either renews the license or picks an alternative security product (such as Windows Defender) to use.

"Customers deserve the best and most up-to-date protection possible. This includes increasing the amount of time [antivirus] partners will have to review final builds before the next Windows 10 feature update is rolled out to customers", the company said.

However, these changes have not been enough for Kaspersky, which claimed that Microsoft is still engaging in tactics such as crippling its products, restricting its advertising ability and even advising users to uninstall third-party anti-virus software.

Back in June, Kaspersky filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft, citing anti-competitive practices from the company.

The changes will apply from the next major update, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.