Microsoft makes more changes for Windows 10 Defender rebrand

If you regularly check for updates or view update history in
Windows 10, you may have noticed a new Windows Update called
‘Security Intelligence Update for Windows Defender Antivirus’.

The update is being pushed out to all Windows 10 users and it
appears that Microsoft has quietly changed the name of the
Definition Update for Windows Defender Antivirus. It’s also
worth noting that Microsoft is already using the new Security
Intelligence Updates term on its Windows Defender support
documents.

It does seem that the rename is part of the general rebranding
exercise for Windows Defender. Going forward, you’ll see
Security Intelligence Updates for Windows Defender Antivirus on
Windows Update and Control Panel. The definition term is still
used to define the version of the security solution.

Windows Defender Intelligence Update

Microsoft Defender in Windows 10 20H1

If Microsoft does not revert the changes it has implemented in
Windows 10 20H1, Windows Defender ATP name will be renamed to
Microsoft Defender next year. In Windows 10 20H1 preview
builds, you will find mentions of ‘Microsoft Defender
Antivirus’ and ‘Microsoft Defender Exploit Guard’ right away on
Group Policy.

Microsoft Defender

The branding changes are visible in Windows Security and
notifications from Windows Defender also mentions ‘Microsoft
Defender’.

In the release notes of Build 18945, Microsoft confirmed that
these changes are part of the cross-platform approach to
endpoint security.

“We are extending Windows Defender ATP capabilities beyond the
Windows OS and as a result are renaming to Microsoft Defender
to reflect our cross-platform approach to endpoint security,”
Microsoft noted.

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