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

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Previously known as Windows Defender, the software has been renamed more broadly as “Microsoft Defender” in coordination with the news that it will be available on operating systems other than Windows.

More specifically, the anti-virus software for Apple machines going by the name “Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Mac,” and as of today users running macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra can sign up for a limited preview.

The move is intended in part to provide businesses who have a mix of Windows and Mac-based computers with the option to protect their machines using the same security platform.

Being that Microsoft has already delivered its Office suite to other platforms, and that Defender is a part of the Microsoft 365 package, the company felt it was time to shift away from the Windows-centric approach to its security offerings.

Folks who install Microsoft Defender on macOS can anticipate the addition of new features during the preview phase.

Most notably, the company says that it plans to introduce Endpoint Detection and Response as well as Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM).

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