Microsoft buries the hatchet with Kaspersky improving 3rd-party AV compatibility

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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Microsoft is a pretty well known company when it comes to software vendors and solutions partners. Being on someone’s bad side is never good for business. One place Microsoft seems to get complaints is from security. Whether it’s not enough time to patch bugs, or a lack of communications with vendors. That’s all about to change.

After hearing complaints from security company Kaspersky, the Redmond giant announced changes to its OS and how it works with third party antivirus offerings.

This update, which will come along during the Fall Creators Update, will increase security protections for Windows customers. This includes better methods to warn users that their antivirus has expired as well the ability for AV providers to build in their own alerts and keeping partner in the loop prior to changes as well as allowing them time to review updates in advance and plan accordingly.

The Fall Creators Update is already preparing to be a jam packed release. With new features and offerings already lined up from 3D innovations and Virtual Reality (VR) to cloud and file updates.

The end goal of this latest move was a bid to get on the same page with Kaspersky Lab and finally bury the proverbial hatchet with the complaints the company had raised in Russia and Europe.

Here’s what Rob Lefferts, Partner Director, Windows Enterprise and Security said about this matter:

We appreciate the feedback and continued dialogue with our partners and are pleased to have found common ground with Kaspersky Lab on the complaints raised in Russia and Europe. We look forward to our continued partnership with the industry.

Customers deserve the best and most up-to-date protection possible. Microsoft and our security partners share a commitment to keep them safe.

Kaspersky has yet to issue any comments about Microsoft’s strategy changes.

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