Microsoft Defender app now force-installed for Microsoft 365 users

Microsoft is now force-installing the Microsoft Defender for Individuals application when installing or updating the Microsoft 365 apps.

“Starting in late February of 2023, the Microsoft Defender app will be included in the Microsoft 365 installer,” the company says in a support document updated last week.

“If you have an active Microsoft 365 subscription and have already installed the Microsoft 365 apps, then the Microsoft Defender app will be automatically installed for you with the next update.”

Unlike Microsoft Defender Antivirus, which is a Windows component, Defender for Individuals is now a standalone Microsoft 365 app that works as a central dashboard that helps monitor Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android mobile and desktop devices.

“Once downloaded, the Microsoft Defender app extends the device protection already built-in to Windows Security, beyond your PC, to your mac, iOS, and Android devices,” Microsoft explains.

The Microsoft Defender app is not currently available in all Microsoft 365 regions.

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