Windows 7 patch prepares to alert users to impending end of support

Microsoft Launches Windows Defender for Mac

Look outside. Are pigs flying? The antivirus software is built directly into Windows but in this implementation, the company has created a special standalone Mac version it is calling Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).

The Microsoft Defender ATP tenant is required, so it is better suited to businesses that deploy both Windows and macOS machines. The macOS client will provide anti malware protection on macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra, and it will be updated though Microsoft's AutoUpdate service that the standalone Office for Mac apps also use.

As ATP is limited to businesses, it remains unclear if Microsoft is also planning to bring a consumer version of Microsoft Defender to the Mac.

You can review the threats that Microsoft Defender finds, and the software will give you the option to quarantine the files, remove them entirely or let them continue to take up space.

Surprisingly, the desktop warning itself doesn't mention Windows 10, but Microsoft hopes that by directing users to the said page, majority would choose this version as their next destination. Advanced settings include real-time protection and cloud-based protection.

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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. That figure is expected to drop considerably as the OS reaches the end of support and users upgrade to Windows 10 which has a current Windows market share of 54.78 percent.

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