Microsoft Is Bringing Defender Advanced Threat Protection to Linux Next Year

It’s been nearly five years since Microsoft admitted its love for Linux, and the company’s stance hasn’t changed. During this week’s Ignite Conference, Corporate Vice President Rob Lefferts revealed that Defender Advanced Threat Protection would be coming to Linux systems in 2020. This is a response feature that complements Windows Defender, which managed to score top honors just a few months ago from AV Test, one of Germany’s top research institutes for IT security.

Application Guard is also coming to all Office 365 documents. Previously, this security feature was only available in Edge and allowed users to safely open a webpage in an isolated virtual machine to protect them from malware. Now, users who open Office 365 apps, like Word or Excel, will have the same protection.


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