Microsoft announced that the company is bringing its anti-malware software to Apple’s macOS. As a result, the technology giant renamed its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) in an attempt to minimize name-confusion.
Microsoft Defender ATP Antivirus for Mac
Microsoft has now come up with a dedicated Defender ATP client for Mac, offering full anti-virus and threat protection with the ability to perform full, quick, and custom scans, giving macOS users “next-generation protection and endpoint detection and response coverage” as its Windows counterpart.
“We’ve been working closely with industry partners to enable Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) customers to protect their non-Windows devices while keeping a centralized “single pane of glass” experience,” Microsoft says in a blog post.
Microsoft also promised to add Endpoint Detection and Response, and Defender ATP’s new Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) capabilities in public preview next month.
For now, the tech giant has released Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac (compatible with macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra) in limited preview for businesses that have both Windows and Mac computer systems.
Like MS Office for Mac, Defender for Mac will also use Microsoft AutoUpdate software to get the latest features and fixes on time.While Microsoft has announced its plans to launch Defender ATP for more platforms in the future, the company has not explicitly named those platforms.
Microsoft’s business customers can sign up here for the limited preview.
In the attempt to make its security software available to more people, Microsoft just last week released Windows Defender extensions for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as well.