Kaspersky withdraws its antitrust complaint against Microsoft

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.

Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday, August 9 it would withdraw made in Europe against Microsoft after the US technology giant agreed to change how it delivers security updates to Windows users, Reuters reports.

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

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. Kaspersky complained that independent software developers were given just seven days before the release of Windows 10 to make their software compatible with the new operating system, leaving too little time to make sure their application was compatible. "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", says Rob Lefferts, Microsoft's director of program management for Windows enterprise and security.

We have a long history of cooperation with Microsoft, and we sincerely believe that these changes will make the cybersecurity market healthier, resulting in better protection for all users.

Kaspersky is withdrawing its European antitrust complaint against Microsoft today.

Microsoft said they 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 Microsoft will have worked through compatibility issues with AV providers before offering the update to customers running that AV, which should prevent third party antivirus apps being disabled due to OS compatibility issues.

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.

Kaspersky first filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft in its native Russian Federation last November, followed by complaints to the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office in July.

Moving forward, Microsoft has announced that it appreciates the feedback and that it is pleased to "have found common ground" with Kaspersky Lab.

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