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Almost within a year after releasing Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for macOS computers, Microsoft today announced a public preview of its antivirus software for various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS and Debian.

If this news hasn’t gotten you excited yet…

Microsoft is also planning to soon release Defender ATP anti-malware apps for smartphones and other devices running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems.

“We know our customers’ environments are complex and heterogeneous. Providing comprehensive protection across multiple platforms through a single solution and streamlined view is more important than ever,” the company said.

“Next week at the RSA Conference, we’ll provide a preview of our investments in mobile threat defense with the work we’re doing to bring our solutions to Android and iOS.”

I am sure you might have heard this many times that ‘Linux doesn’t need antivirus software,’ but this is not the case anymore.

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