Microsoft bringing its antivirus to Mac

Microsoft Launches Windows Defender for Mac

Microsoft Defender for macOS is the anti-virus you didn’t know you needed

While the offering is entering private preview today, in the near future, if you now use ATP in your environment, you will soon be able to extend that protection to MacOS devices. We're looking forward to finding out how Microsoft Defender for Mac does against third-party Mac antivirus software, and against Apple's built-in XProtect antivirus software. From offering desktop services and endpoint protections, the company now provides a nearly-complete approach to protecting your data and your environments. As it announced the release of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for macOS in limited preview, it renamed Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender (via VentureBeat).

"We've been working closely with industry partners to enable Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection customers to protect their non-Windows devices while keeping a centralized single pane of glass experience", the company stated. At this stage it is targeted at businesses who run both Windows and Mac software environments and is now in limited preview. If threats are detected, users can quarantine them, remove or allow them.

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Microsoft Defender offers the full set of protections users have come to expect, such as scanning and alerts for viruses and malware.

Adding exclusions for files and paths.

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The name change makes plenty of sense considering Defender is going cross-platform, and we can't imagine many Mac users being too keen on using something called Windows Defender.

As ATP is limited to businesses, it remains unclear if Microsoft is also planning to bring a consumer version of Microsoft Defender to the Mac.

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