Microsoft and Kaspersky Lab have settled a dispute that led to antitrust complaints in Europe and an investigation in Russia. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will make changes to the next update of Windows in the spring of 2018.
The settlement comes two months after Kaspersky, a maker of antivirus software, complained to European antitrust regulators that Microsoft was favoring its own security software in the Windows computer operating system, disadvantaging other providers.
Microsoft will give antivirus partners greater visibility into when new versions of Windows will be released and let them use their own alerts and notifications to tell customers to renew products, the Redmond, Washington-based company said in a blog post.
Windows will also change how it notifies users of expirations, moving from an alert that could be ignored to one that persists until the user takes action. The changes will affect Windows updates released globally.
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