Microsoft is bringing its Defender antivirus software to the Mac

Microsoft is bringing its Windows Defender antivirus software to macOS today. As a result, the software giant is changing the name Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) from Windows Defender to Advanced Protection Against Threats (ATP) from Microsoft Defender. Microsoft has created a dedicated ATP Defender client for Mac and offers complete protection against viruses and threats combined with the usual ability to perform quick or full scans.

There will be a limited preview for companies to test antivirus protection in environments that have a mix of PCs running Windows and Mac. Microsoft is using its AutoUpdate software on macOS to keep the client updated, and it will be available on devices that run macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra or macOS Sierra.

microsoft is bringing its defender antivirus software to the mac

Given that ATP is limited to enterprises, it is unclear whether Microsoft also plans to bring a consumer version of Microsoft Defender to Mac. Defender is currently integrated into Windows 10, offering antivirus protection by default. Either way, Microsoft is offering a limited preview to Microsoft Defender ATP customers, and you can register here.

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