Kaspersky withdraws Microsoft antitrust complaint thanks to Windows 10 tweaks

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Named Windows 10 for Workstations, it has been designed for power users who aim to use Windows 10 on high-performance, server grade hardware.

Kaspersky Lab lately has been beset by U.S. political wrangling, with some members of Congress questioning its ties to the Russian government and intelligence agencies and conducting government probes on the issue. Microsoft's Rob Lefferts, a partner director of the Windows Enterprise and Security unit, made the admission in a blog post on the matter.

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has dropped an antitrust legal complaint against Microsoft after the US technology giant agreed to give anti-virus vendors greater control over how their software will be compatible with future versions of its Windows OS.

Additionally, Microsoft plans to "better visibility and certainty around release schedules for feature updates". Windows Defender, first launched in 2005, has been bundled with versions of Windows starting from Vista but more recent versions have become far more dominant to the exclusion of third-party options, at least according to Kaspersky. The Microsoft standard NTFS scheme can handle volumes of up to 256TB.

If security companies get more help resolving these issues, less solutions may be removed due to incompatibilities.

Microsoft has announced a new edition of Windows 10, aimed for power users. Fundamentally, the GDPR is about protecting and respecting an individual's privacy rights and Microsoft's enduring commitment to trust is well aligned through the privacy principles that shape the way we build our products and services. Kaspersky charged that it deleted the drivers for its software, making it unusable, then flicked on Windows Defender.

"Instead of providing an initial toast notification that users could ignore, the new notification will persist on the screen until the user either elects to renew the existing solution or chooses to rely on Windows Defender or another solution provider", Lefferts writes. It said it will now work more closely with antivirus vendors to help solve compatibility reviews in advance of new features going live to the general public.

In response, Kaspersky Lab said it would withdraw the complaints made against Microsoft.

While the Redmond Windows maker was criticized for hoarding up user data like crazy, apparently over 71% of Windows 10 users have chosen to enable the "Full" telemetry data collection setting that now appears during the upgrade process.

She also noted that over 23 million people have visited the new web-based privacy dashboard since it was released in January. Are you satisfied with these changes?

Microsoft is also adding faster file support into Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.