Developers of anti-virus programs can celebrate. Two months ago, Kaspersky Lab sued Microsoft for monopoly practices. This problem was related to mechanisms implemented in Windows 10, which at every step force activation of the Defender application. Microsoft has resolved to settle amicably and respond to all Kaspersky Lab’s requests.
The whole thing started last November. Eugene Kaspersky accused Microsoft of unethical practices that discriminate third-party antivirus software. There were: updates blocking antivirus programs due to lack of compatibility, Windows Defender activation button (and also disabling other anti-virus apps), hiding of end-of-licence notifications and lack of ability to inform users about the need to extend the expired licence. Of course, this caused the antivirus program to shut down due to obsolete signature databases and to enable Windows Defender at the same time.
Microsoft did react, so Kaspersky Lab complained to the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office.
It was 2 months ago. Recently we learned that the Redmond giant wants to protect Windows 10 properly. Kaspersky Lab’s blog post points out that collaboration is very important in the IT security industry. Therefore, operating system developers should develop their product so that it could be protected by applications from different vendors. This will make cybercriminals have a harder life. Therefore, antivirus developers are expected to receive updates for Windows 10 ahead from Microsoft, so they will be able to test their compatibility with the new version of operating system. On the other hand, if there are any problems, the antivirus program will be updated before the “problematic” Windows 10 update will be installed by users. Microsoft also decided to redesign the Windows Defender activation methods. The computer user will be clearly informed that this step will disable other tools. Security companies will also be allowed by Microsoft to display special notifications to inform users about the end of the licence. If the virus database is no longer updated, it will also be properly communicated. You will need to choose whether you want to extend your licence or enable Microsoft’s default antivirus, i.e. Defender.
All these changes will be introduced together with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Kaspersky Lab is pleased with this turn of events, so it informed the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office that they no longer have any claims to Microsoft.