Kaspersky Lab Drops Lawsuit Against Microsoft
In an interesting turn of events, Kaspersky Lab has withdrawn an antitrust lawsuit it filed against Microsoft for the way in which Windows 10 would block third-part software from installing. The suit was filed about a year ago, after the antivirus company’s CEO Eugene Kaspersky posted a long rant aimed at the software giant in a blog post.
The subject of the post was Kaspersky’s frustration over Microsoft’s handling of the automatic Windows 10 upgrade users of the OS were subjected to: when an older version of Windows was upgraded, the new version would automatically switch off third-party software, such as Kasperky Lab products, and install its own version — Windows Defender in this case — in its place. Though that was bad enough in itself, Kaspersky narrowed his criticism down further by decrying the fact that his company received less than a week to prepare for the switch over to 10.
Not leaving it to words alone, Kaspersky decided to take it to the courts with a suit that alleged Microsoft was abusing its position in the market by deactivating third-party software as well as barely giving companies enough time to make it compatible with Windows 10. Apparently, however, someone in Redmond was listening and reached out to Kaspersky and in the last few months strides have been made regarding the implementation of third-party software, enough, at least, for the CEO to drop the suit.
“It’s an ongoing process,” Kaspersky said in a statement, and he also reiterated his desire to keep working with Microsoft on this issue. The dropped suit is a rare example of a dispute in the tech world being settled relatively amicably, let’s hope other tech giants can learn from this good example.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.