Microsoft is apparently working on a new security hub called
“Microsoft Defender” for Windows 11. At the moment, very little
is known about Windows 11’s new security app, but it appears
that the Microsoft Defender is going to be a security hub or
dashboard for all connected devices/products.
Windows 11/10 already comes with a Windows Security app that
allows anyone to view the status of the security service and
turn on/off security features like firewall settings and
protection from unwanted programs.
On the other hand, “Microsoft Defender”, which is based on
WinUI and Fluent Design, features a simple interface and aims
to provide “seamless, personalized protection” for all
connected accounts. By the looks of things, Microsoft Defender
preview could be a security dashboard for your devices.
The official store
description and materials within the .msixbundle of the app
suggest that it won’t be limited to Windows 11. In the .msix
file of Microsoft Defender, we’ve spotted icons of Android
phones, iPhone, and Mac, which suggests that the new app will
let users view the status of connected operating systems
including iOS/macOS and Android.
Microsoft Defender may not replace the existing Windows
Security app, which allows users to modify the security
settings of Windows.
A security hub for Windows 11?
We’ve reached a point where our devices and ecosystems are
connected. There may be plenty of good reasons for Microsoft to
add an optional security dashboard to Windows 11, especially
when many users are working from home and they can open emails
with targeted phishing messages on their phones.
Microsoft’s store listing has pointed out a “family” focus, so
it’s possible that Microsoft Defender will be offered for free
on Android and other devices or it could be part of the
existing ATP offering for Android and iOS.
At the same, the service could be limited to your Microsoft 365
account as signing in with a normal personal Microsoft account
doesn’t work at the moment.
It’s worth noting that the above information is based on the
leaked Microsoft Defender app and we can’t be certain
about any of this, as it’s all rumours and educated guesswork.
Microsoft has yet to officially announce its new security hub
for Windows and more details could be shared later this year.
In addition to the Windows security hub,
Microsoft is also working on a new media player and Paint
app for Windows 11.