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Kaspersky Drops Antitrust Complaint After Microsoft Promises To Make Changes To Windows 10 (theverge.com) 31

Security firm Kaspersky said Thursday it was withdrawing its European antitrust complaint against Microsoft after the software giant promised to make changes to the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that have appeased Kaspersky and help its anti-virus software provide notifications and alerts to renew virus definitions. From a report: Kaspersky originally filed its complaint back in June, claiming that Microsoft disabled its anti-virus software during Windows upgrades and that the software maker was using its dominance to "fiercely promote" its own Windows Defender software. Microsoft admitted in late June that Windows 10 prompts to install a new version of anti-virus from third parties like Kaspersky after an update, but it disables the old version if it's not compatible. Microsoft now says it "will work more closely with AV vendors to help them with compatibility reviews in advance of each feature update becoming available to customers." The software maker will also provide better visibility of release schedules for Windows 10 updates, giving anti-virus vendors more time to test changes.

Kaspersky Drops Antitrust Complaint After Microsoft Promises To Make Changes To Windows 10

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  • by fubarrr ( 884157 )

    Will they let us install KGB viruses again?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Will they let us install KGB viruses again?

      At least they will keep the CIA virii busy.

  • Not compatible? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by smooth wombat ( 796938 ) on Thursday August 10, 2017 @10:15AM (#54982857) Journal
    but it disables the old version if it's not compatible.

    What does that mean? How can software be good on an OS, but a second later it's not, all because of an update? What is that update breaking so egregiously that it's preventing people from using the software they've purchased?

    This is why forced updates are bad. A company breaking other people's software, in this case to prevent competition. Didn't we go through this before? What if the software Microsoft breaks is critical to operations? Are they going to reimburse the company when they lose business? Where's a class action lawsuit when you need one?
    • It means exactly what they said. They disable an application "just in case" because there's way too much software out there to test for compatibility. Much in the way that apps rigorously tested and rubber-stamped for approval for the company store, but if they turn out to be mal-ware, they're pulled after the damage is done. For your protection!

      Seriously, I can't believe how much software was automatically deleted (with no prior warning) from my Windows10 evaluation build after the update from Windows7.

  • "promises" (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I'll respect you in the morning

    The check is in the mail

    I won't come in your mouth

    We'll fix it in a later version

  • by Noishkel ( 3464121 ) on Thursday August 10, 2017 @10:25AM (#54982907)

    On again one corporation gives a hand-job to another. Notice how nothing in this article speaks of how how Microsoft complete screwed up everything about Windows 10's roll out when it began breaking third party software. So basically Microsoft decided to 'promises' to fix it in an update, so everyone just let's it slide?

    Yeah, I don't think so Microsoft. You already had your chance. And Kaspersky really screwed the pooch here when they backed off before the fix was provided.

  • by hyades1 ( 1149581 ) <hyades1@hotmail.com> on Thursday August 10, 2017 @10:57AM (#54983099)

    Breaking third-party software, then forcing their own version down your throat...that's the symptom.

    Windows 10...THAT is the disease.

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