Kasper­sky, Mi­crosoft re­solve an­titrust is­sues

New Straits Times - - Business -

SAN FRAN­CISCO: Kasper­sky Lab said on Wed­nes­day it will with­draw an­titrust com­plaints made against Mi­crosoft af­ter the United States tech­nol­ogy gi­ant agrees to change how it de­liv­ers se­cu­rity up­dates to Win­dows users.

Both com­pa­nies si­mul­ta­ne­ously an­nounced a res­o­lu­tion to nearly a year of dis­putes that in­cluded Kasper­sky al­leg­ing that Mi­crosoft had erected un­fair ob­sta­cles for in­de­pen­dent se­cu­rity ven­dors on its Win­dows 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

Kasper­sky Lab had ac­cused Mi­crosoft of abus­ing its dom­i­nance in the per­sonal com­puter mar­ket to un­fairly harm third-party an­tivirus providers in how it dis­trib­uted its own De­fender an­tivirus soft­ware on Win­dows 10.

Com­pany founder Eu­gene Kasper­sky said Mi­crosoft had re­moved Kasper­sky’s an­tivirus soft­ware when cus­tomers in­stalled Win­dows 10 in order to make users adopt De­fender, which he de­rided as an “in­fe­rior” prod­uct.

In a blog post on Wed­nes­day, Mi­crosoft said it would work more closely with an­tivirus ven­dors be­fore soft­ware up­dates were launched to help mit­i­gate com­pat­i­bil­ity is­sues.

The com­pany said it would also al­low an­tivirus providers to is­sue their own alerts and no­ti­fi­ca­tions to cus­tomers. Reuters

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