Microsoft Defender Comes to Mac

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Microsoft has just announced that it is bringing its Windows Defender antivirus software to macOS. As a result, the company renamed the program to Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).

According to Microsoft, the Defender ATP client has been developed especially for Mac, offering full virus and threat protection alongside the ability to perform quick and full scans.

“For us, it’s all about experiences that follow the person and help the individual be more productive,” Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Office and Windows, said. “Just like we did with Office back in the day — that was a big move for us to move it off of Windows-only — but it was absolutely the right thing. So that’s where we’re headed.”

Microsoft also reported that a limited preview of its Microsoft Defender for Mac will be available for businesses. The main purpose of this preview is to check out the antivirus protection in environments that have both – Macs and Windows PCs.

To keep the client up to date, Microsoft uses its AutoUpdate software on macOS, which will be available on devices running macOS Mojave, macOS Sierra, and macOS High Sierra.

Due to the fact that ATP is limited to businesses only, it’s not clear if Microsoft is also planning to release a consumer version of Microsoft Defender for Mac. Currently, the company is offering a limited preview to Microsoft Defender ATP customers who can sign up here.

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