Microsoft has not shared exactly what the apps will do. The company will showcase the demo at the RSA conference scheduled next week. The antivirus software called Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is already available on Windows PC and macOS. The company wants to add support for mobile. The Mac client was previewed last year, it offers full virus and threat protection mixed with the ability to perform quick or full scans.
The Defender app mobile clients will be very different than the desktop versions. Since the iOS platform does not allow apps to scan on malware, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft tackles this issue. There is a variety of antivirus apps available on Android. Microsoft Defender will join this crowded market to prevent malware in Android phones.
The biggest goal for Defender on iOS and Android is to fight phishing attempts in the corporate environment. The company wishes to stop employees at corporate offices from accidentally revealing their usernames, passwords, or any other account information.
As of now, both these apps are part of Microsoft’s enterprise security platform. It is unlikely that they will be made available for the public. Microsoft has also released Defender ATP for Linux.