This revelation by a Microsoft executive has resulted in the security company Kaspersky, lodging an antitrust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission in June. As per the complaint, Kaspersky claimed that Microsoft has been severely active in promoting its own Windows Defender anti-virus, that also at the cost of competitors’ security software.
However, Microsoft has not uttered a single word of disapproval rather in respond to Kaspersky’s complaints stated that it has genuinely been helping the antivirus vendors.According to the latest blog by Rob Lefferts, the Microsoft Director partner of the Windows and Devices Group, Security and Enterprise, “We built a feature just for AV apps that would prompt the customer to install a new version of their AV app right after the update completed. To do this, we first temporarily disabled some parts of the AV software when the update began,”. This is a joint venture in partnership with the AV partner to specify which versions of their software are compatible and where exactly the customers are directed after updating, he further added. Also, the Windows Defender will capture from a third-party AV service when the license to that service expires.
The second part of the blog by Leffert also responds to another complaint by Kaspersky, which includes that the third-party security vendors have a lack of proper time to ensure that the software goes well with the new versions of Windows 10. “Months before a semi-annual update is delivered to customers, interested parties can get easy access to fully running and deployable versions of the release, stay current with updates as the release progresses and becomes feature complete, and provide timely feedback on issues and bugs,” he explained.
The plans for releasing two major features of updates for Windows 10 are also on the cards, within a span of few months. The other one being Fall Creators Update.
Constant preview builds of Windows 10 are accessible for any individual via the Windows Insider Program, and are often tried and tested with new features before making it visible in front of the public eye.
In spite of all the above mentioned features, Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO Of Kaspersky affirms that the final Release to Manufacturing(RTM) version of Windows that is on the verge of release before public can differ largely from the preview builds, and the dire need of Microsoft to share RTM builds at a primary stage.
In addition, the Russian Firm has also complained that Windows 10 blocks Kaspersky software from precisely notifying customers about the actual time period when their licenses are about to expire, carping about being obliged to use Microsoft’s Action Center. Quite contrarily, Lefferts regarded that Microsoft has been constantly working with their AV partners, to build an orderly set of notifications to make the customers aware that their license is about to expire and to present before them a host of options to renew the license.
In conclusion, it can be only stated that independent reviews of the Windows protector have stated it as able but not so good like any other third-party security software.