As we know, an antitrust complaint was filed against Microsoft by Kaspersky claiming that the company was using its supremacy to endorse its own offering, and generating difficulties for others by inactivating their products and not giving sufficient time to retain support. Finally, Microsoft has made an attempt to clear the air regarding the same by conversing about its work on security and safety, more specifically on its Windows Defender.
Rob Lefferts of Microsoft did not mention Kaspersky directly but emphasized on choice and focus. He said, “We have worked meticulously with AV partners to recognize variations, offer early builds via the Windows Insider Program and other validating settings, and offer technical assistance via our Microsoft Virus Initiative program. This pace of steady updates, coupled with the Windows Insider Program, gives our customers and partners much greater transparency and vision into the Windows development method than ever before.”
It was observed that almost 95% of Windows 10 devices had compatible antivirus protection with the latest Windows 10 Creators Update, and so the company developed a feature for the others. He further added, “For few applications that still require updating, we developed a feature only for AV apps through which the users will be notified to install the AV app’s new version immediately after update completion. For doing this, initially, we momentarily inactivated few parts of the AV software on initiation of the update. This work was done in association with the AV partner to stipulate which of their software versions are compatible and where to notify users after updating.”
Lefferts also emphasized belief of the company in “always-on” protection and mentioned that the Windows Defender does not come into functioning unless the third-party antivirus software is out of date, expired, or incompatible. “If the customers’ devices are protected by the AV software, the Windows Defender will remain off. If a user lets the antivirus application to terminate, the Windows Defender Antivirus is “switched on” automatically so that they are not left insecure.”
He also said, “For paid AV solutions, we operated with our AV associates to develop a reliable set of notifications to notify users if their license is about to terminate and to offer alternatives for license renewal. Only when the subscription to AV is expired and the application chooses to stop offering protection to the user, then Windows Defender Antivirus will initiate to provide protection.”
Microsoft has defended itself regarding the concerns raised by Kaspersky; however, it is yet to be witnessed how the European Commission will be responding to the issue.