Yes, you read that right!
Microsoft is bringing Windows Defender to macOS, however as it’s no longer solely dedicated to defending Windows, it will now be known as Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection).
Microsoft Defender ATP is a program designed to protect computers from malware and offers full threat protection with the ability to run scans as and when required with the aim of making life easier for IT admins all over.
Microsoft Defender is part of Microsoft 365 and with more businesses using both Windows and Mac, the idea of bringing it to the macOS makes a lot of sense. According to Microsoft Communities, Microsoft Defender for Mac is almost identical to the Windows version.
Microsoft Defender ATP is currently available in limited preview for businesses running a mix of Windows and Macs. Microsoft Defender ATP customers can apply to take part in the preview with macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, and macOS Sierra all supported.
Some of you may have spotted the third person in the image at the top of this article is using a Linux laptop which would suggest that Microsoft Defender will also be available for Linux in the near future which will be fantastic as Linux just like macOS isn’t immune from viruses.
While many Mac users think that the macOS is immune from malware, this couldn’t be further from the truth as no OS is free from malware. Anyone operating with a Mac (especially businesses) should strongly consider installing some good anti-virus software such as Microsoft Defender ATP. Microsoft is increasingly opening its apps and services up to other platforms like when they open-sourced the Windows Calculator, so bringing Microsoft Defender to Mac was almost inevitable. Let’s just hope a consumer version is also in the works.