Microsoft has announced it is bringing Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Linux, with iOS and Android coming soon.
Since CEO Satya Nadella took over at Microsoft, the company has shifted gears, bringing its apps and services to multiple platforms. Rather than obsessing about protecting Windows, the company is focused on offering the best business-class software on as many platforms as possible.
The company is now bringing its Microsoft Defender ATP to Linux starting today, with iOS and Android support coming soon. The company says Linux support has been a long-time ask from its customers. Similarly, although mobile devices have a reputation of being more secure than desktop environments, the company sees a need for improved protection on those devices.
“They’re pretty safe, but pretty safe is not the same as safe,” Rob Lefferts, a Microsoft corporate vice president, told CNBC. “Malware does happen on those platforms.”
Microsoft Defender ATP has received generally positive reviews. As threats continue to develop, having another reputable security package available can only be a good thing for both mobile platforms.