Microsoft renames Windows Defender, brings it to the Mac

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The service's full name, Microsoft Defender ATP, stems from Microsoft's recent addition of "Advanced Threat Protection" tools for its Microsoft 365 customers, which added automation and cross-device and cross-identity functionality.

For businesses, a limited preview would be available for trying out the anti-virus protection in environments that have both Windows PCs and Macs.

Announced in a blog post today (March 21), Microsoft Defender scans for malware, with options for full scans, quick scans and scans of specific directories.

The thought of a Microsoft security suite such as Windows Defender coming to the Mac wasn't something that crossed most minds too long ago, but here it is, and if you're in need of a suite to keep your Mac ticking over nicely, then this is a good place to start.

Users will also be able to configure advanced settings such as disabling or enabling real-time protection, cloud-delivered protection, and automatic sample submission.

Microsoft might see the Mac as a threat to its Windows platform, but that won't stop it from protecting macOS users.

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

Microsoft 365 admin center GA. It includes a pop-up notification that informs users that support for Windows 7 is nearing the end, as well as providing steps for users to upgrade their systems.

Earlier this month, Microsoft had said that starting from April it will begin notifying Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 considering the user-favorite operating system is going out of support on January 14, 2020. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple chose to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.

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