Windows 11’s redesigned web-based Windows Defender should go live soon
Microsoft is working on a cross-platform Microsoft Defender client for Windows 11, Windows 10, macOS, Android, and iOS. The revamped web component-based application (WebView) will help consumers keep tabs on antivirus, malware scanning, phishing, compromised passwords, and more.
The official app description in the store claims that Microsoft Defender or Windows Defender is a security app that gives you peace of mind. Microsoft says the new app comes with a custom dashboard where you can view the security status of your Windows device and other connected devices in one place.
Microsoft seems to have taken the plunge and released the first preview of Windows Defender earlier than expected and has effectively confirmed what we can expect once the security app hits the Windows Insider Program, likely in the coming weeks. .
According to our testing, Windows Defender Preview was updated earlier today with support for signing in using personal Microsoft accounts. Windows Defender Preview doesn’t currently work outside of the US and most features are currently unavailable, so it’s pretty safe to assume this wasn’t supposed to go live now.
Based on code references, we know that the Microsoft Defender preview app is codenamed Gibraltar and has been available for Microsoft employees for quite some time.
We have also researched and found indications that this new app will not replace existing Microsoft Defender solutions in Windows. Unlike the existing Defender client, this new app will only cover a variety of basic security threats and it’s meant to act as a dashboard rather than a malware removal tool.
As we mentioned at the beginning, Windows Defender preview allows you to sign in with any account, so it would be possible to add family members to the dashboard and get a preview of the security of all connected devices. You will be able to invite family members using QR code invitations and users will need to install a mobile or desktop app.
Of course, the Security Dashboard will be more comprehensive if your connected device is running Windows. For the rest of the devices, you can monitor alerts for compromised passwords, malware alerts, theft issues, and more.
Microsoft Defender Preview doesn’t have an official release date, but it will arrive in Windows 10 and Windows 11 Insider Preview in a few weeks or months.