Kaspersky Lab to withdraw Microsoft antitrust plaint

SAN FRANCISCO: Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said it would withdraw antitrust complaints made in Europe against Microsoft after the US technology giant agreed 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 in June 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 at the time that 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. Microsoft had denied breaking any laws and said that its goal was to help protect Windows 10 customers from cyber security threats. — Reuters

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