In a recent post, Microsoft claimed that it has been working closely with antivirus partners such as Kaspersky, and the recent discussions it has been having with them has led to some changes that will be implemented in the Windows 10 Fall Creators' Update.
Kaspersky complained that Windows upgrades disabled its anti-virus software so that users would instead turn to Microsoft's Windows Defender. Kaspersky Lab accused Microsoft of preventing competing producers of antiviral solutions from discharging their obligations to users to the full degree and leaving them unsecured, limiting their opportunities to select antivirus software and leading to financial losses for third party producers. Rather than face potential fines and bring more scrutiny to Windows 10, it decided to make the above changes, much to the delight of Kaspersky.
"We want to see all security solutions being able to work on the Windows platform on a level playing field, and we want to see users being able to decide for themselves what they want and consider important to them", Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder and CEO of Kaspersky Lab wrote in a blog post.
"We look forward to our continued partnership with the industry", Lefferts wrote. Kaspersky Lab confirms that Microsoft closed out all violations of antimonopoly laws and is preparing to recall its application to the European Commission, the Russian antivirus solutions provider said on Thursday.
Antivirus manufacturer Kaspersky Lab withdrew antitrust complaints in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russian Federation and will withdraw similar complaints to the European Commission and to Germany's Federal Cartel Office, the firms announced Thursday.
With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the software giant is implementing numerous changes in how it delivers security updates patching up its relationship with AV vendors.
According to Rob Lefferts, Microsoft's Partner Director for Windows Enterprise and Security, the companies had the opportunity to hash out their differences during Microsoft's Virus Initiative forum meetings that were held last month.
The Redmond, Washington-based company said it will also allow antivirus providers to issue their own alerts and notifications to customers before and after subscriptions have expired and provide vendors more visibility and certainty around its update release schedules. Previously, such automatic updates could also automatically disable Kaspersky and other security software in favor of Microsoft's alternatives.
Honestly though, couldn't third party companies have already been members of the Windows Insider Program themselves and be testing the latest publicly available builds during development and reporting any compatibility concerns back to Microsoft?
"We have modified how Windows will inform users when their antivirus application has expired and is no longer protecting them", added Leffert.