Microsoft explains the Windows Defender rebrand to Microsoft Defender

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Microsoft announced that it’s expanding its Windows Defender ATP service to non-Windows devices. Also, to reflect this change, the company rebranded the Windows Defender ATP to Microsoft Defender ATP. The change, however, didn’t reflect on Windows 10, but it now looks like we’re not far away from getting the Microsoft Defender on Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft is reportedly in the process of introducing Microsoft Defender in the Windows 10 20H1 Update, which is slated for an April 2020 release. And The process of switching from Windows to Microsoft has already begun; in a recently-released Build 18941 of Windows 10 20H1 Update, name of some Windows Defender components have been changed. For example, Windows Defender Exploit Guard has been rebranded as Microsoft Defender Exploit Guard( via WindowsLatest). Make no mistake, the function of this tool remains the same, which is to host intrusion prevention capabilities for Windows 10.

It’s worth noting that the Microsoft Defender won’t be any deferent from the Windows Defender; the functionalities will be the same as before. Nevertheless, I won’t be surprised if Microsoft announces some advanced functionalities along with the announcement of the change in name. And of course, theses advanced functionalities, if announced, will also come to non-Windows devices, including Macs.

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