Microsoft is rolling out its Windows Defender anti-virus software to Apple’s operating system MacOS, with full virus and threat protection along with the usual ability to perform quick or full scans.
Defender is currently built into Windows 10, offering anti-virus protection by default.
While in the process of creating a dedicated Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Mac, the software giant has renamed its Windows Defender ATP to Microsoft Defender ATP, the company informed via a blog-post on Thursday.
“We’ve been working closely with industry partners to enable Windows Defender ATP customers to protect their non-Windows devices while keeping a centralised experience,” Eric Avena, Senior Content Developer, Microsoft wrote in the blog-post.
For businesses, a limited preview would be available for trying out the anti-virus protection in environments that have both Windows PCs and Macs.
“Now we are going a step further by adding our own solution to the options, starting with a limited preview today,” Avena said.
A group of Microsoft employees has come forward to support Chinese tech workers on the gruelling ‘996’ culture, writing a petition in defence of a trending GitHub repository that is being censored in China.
In a letter written on web-hosting service Github, owned by Microsoft, the employees have asked the company to keep the “996.ICU” GitHub repository uncensored, The Verge reported on Monday.
The repository “996.ICU” is a reference to the working hours that tech workers in China are protesting — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.
The ICU refers to employees who work under these grueling hours, eventually ending up in the Intensive Care Unit at hospitals.
“The “996.ICU” repository was established in March by Chinese tech workers who were protesting extreme overwork,” said the report.
The “996” philosophy has been endorsed by the tech billionaire and Alibaba Founder Jack Ma.
Several local Chinese browsers have already blocked access to 996.ICU, including Tencent, Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Qihoo 360.
Microsoft, that owns GitHub, has not blocked the repository till now.
“We, the workers of Microsoft and GitHub, support the 996.ICU movement and stand in solidarity with tech workers in China. We know this is a problem that crosses national borders,” wrote employees in the petition.
“Another reason we must take a stand in solidarity with Chinese workers is that history tells us that multinational companies will pit workers against each other in a race to the bottom as they outsource jobs and take advantage of weak labour standards in the pursuit of profit,” they added.
Microsoft workers called on Chinese tech companies to comply with local labour laws, which limit their workers to 40 hours a week.
“We encourage Microsoft and GitHub to keep the 996.ICU GitHub repository uncensored and available to everyone,” they said.