Microsoft has officially launched the Windows Defender Anti-virus and Anti-malware software program for Macintosh computers. The company has renamed the Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender after porting the Windows software to Macintosh. Not all people get malware infections on MacOS computers, but its not rare thing. To help the MacOS users with virus and malware infections, the Microsoft Defender is going to help them to remove the infection. This is the new initiative from Microsoft to improve the presence of Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), which is the platform for identifying and protecting the computers from threats. With the introduction of Microsoft Defender for Mac, the software program has now become cross-platform.
Just like any other Windows computer with Windows Defender pre-installed, the MacOS comes with inbuilt Antivirus and Antimalware. But, the security software is not capable of identifying most of the threats. That is why most of the Apple users opt for third-party antivirus and antimalware software program. Microsoft is targeting such people, and that’s why released the Microsoft defender with Defender Advanced Threat Protection (DATP) technology. With this software, corporate as well as Individual users will get full protection from virus and malware, notifications on quarantine and latest updates with antivirus definitions.
As the first preview of the Microsoft Defender is launched, it will only support the signature-based threat identification. But, Microsoft has promised to integrate ATP Cloud service, which will fetch the data from the cloud to identify the threats lying in the MacOS environment. The ATP cloud service automatically analyses if the ransomware or malware is modifying the system file without scanning the computer, and notify the system administrator to take appropriate action. Microsoft is quite serious about the Defender platform but didn’t share any information about the next platform to receive the defender. Most likely, it’s the Linux OS as it is the only remaining operating system environment with a good number of users.