Microsoft Dodges Antitrust Threat With Windows 10 Antivirus Tweaks

Microsoft Dodges Antitrust Threat With Windows 10 Antivirus Tweaks

Partnerships with software developers are equally important, because security solutions have to work smoothly with other software, especially with operating systems.

Since Microsoft has agreed to make changes to Windows 10 that will help third-party antivirus makers prepare their products for significant Windows updates and ensure compatibility, Kaspersky is its ceasing legal action against the company.

The Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab has dropped its antitrust complaints against Microsoft, over the U.S. software giant's treatment of third-party security tools in Windows 10. It also claimed that Windows 10 disables rival anti-virus software and enables its own software during upgrades without warning users, and interferes with messages from vendors requesting that users renew their anti-virus subscriptions.

Microsoft's not offered pricing for the new version of Windows.

In its blog post, Microsoft notes the importance of performance, announcing its commitment to innovating in that department. In that scenario, the hacker would gain complete control of the computer in question.

"If you've paid for a security solution, you can expect it to be updated on time, so that it can work smoothly with all the OS updates you install", it said.

All good moves it would seem although I am a little concerned about allowing the third party software to push their own notifications relating to the expiration of their software on an end users system.

So what about Windows 10 Pro for Workstations?

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is being termed as a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, which comes with the support for server grade hardware.

"We appreciate the feedback and continued dialogue with our partners and are pleased to have found common ground with Kaspersky Lab on the complaints raised in Russia and Europe", Rob Lefferts, partner director, Windows Enterprise, and Security, said in the blog post.

Three of those, the last three on that list, have all been added in 2017.

Microsoft says 70 per cent of users are happy with the data collection in Windows 10. Windows for Workstations was rather more reliable than either Windows 3.x or Windows 95, so when Microsoft launched version 4.0 with this 1996 press release the company proclaimed "The combination of Windows NT power and the Windows 95 user interface makes this latest version an ideal choice for mainstream business computing". Protecting information and the data that matters most to our users remains our primary goal.

Microsoft is now highlighting that its consumers actually trust it with their data, opting for Full telemetry option even though the Basic setting collects far less data.