Microsoft brings Windows Defender ATP to Macs

Microsoft has announced that it’s extending its Windows Defender antivirus software to Macs, according to a Microsoft blog post that was published on Thursday (March.21st).

The software company is renaming Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Microsoft Defender Threat Protection (ATP) as a result.

Windows Defender ATP

Microsoft’s new Defender ATP client for Mac offers full antivirus and threat protection and the ability to launch full, quick, and custom scans.

“Today, we’re announcing our advances in cross-platform next-generation protection and endpoint detection and response coverage with a new Microsoft solution for Mac. Core components of our unified endpoint security platform, including the new Threat & Vulnerability Management, also announced today, will now be available for Mac devices,” said Eric Avena from the Microsoft Tech Community.

“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 centralised ‘single pane of glass’ experience. Now we are going a step further by adding our own solution to the options, starting with a limited preview today,” he added.

With the new antivirus software, users will be able to enable or disable real-time virus protection. Users will also be able to make exceptions for specific files and manage the notifications when threats are found.


Businesses that use Macs will be able to test Microsoft Defender as long as it is the macOS version Mojave, High Sierra or Sierra used.

As the preview is limited to businesses, it’s not yet clear whether Microsoft will bring a consumer version of Microsoft Defender over to the Mac.

Microsoft Defender ATP customers can sign up to take part in a preview of the program.

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