Tech giant Microsoft has introduced Windows Virtual Desktop in public preview and Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for macOS in limited preview, to assist IT, professionals, to reduce costs, augment security, and increase employee productivity. But there are also updates around Office 365 ProPlus, Configuration Manager, Windows 10, Intune, and Microsoft 365. However, Microsoft announced Windows Virtual Desktop last September but only made it available as part of a private preview.
But in public review, Azure-based service offers a virtualized multi-session Windows 10 experience and Office 365 ProPlus virtual desktop on any device. It supports Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps in a shared Public Cloud and will even comprise free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) until January 2023. While Windows 7 will available from 14th January of 2020, Microsoft is strategically providing the legacy operating system through Windows Virtual Desktop. The tech firm is scheduled general availability of Windows Virtual Desktop for the second half of 2019. The Redmond, Washington-based company also expands its endpoint protection platform to additional operating systems, which is starting with macOS. Hence, with the announcement of Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac in limited preview, Windows Defender is now Microsoft Defender. Microsoft Defender ATP provides macOS users next-gen antivirus protection, however, the company also promises to add Endpoint Detection and Response, and Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) capabilities in public preview next month.
As designed to assist security teams to explore, prioritize, and remediate defined vulnerabilities and misconfigurations exploited by hackers, TVM guarantees real-time detection insights correlated with endpoint vulnerabilities, machine vulnerability context during incident investigations, and built-in remediation processes through integration with Microsoft Intune and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.