Native Apple M1 version of Defender for Endpoint Announced

For enterprises relying on Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft announced that it will now run natively on Apple M1. Microsoft’s Helen Allas wrote in a blog post: “We are thrilled to announce that Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Mac now natively supports Apple’s M1 chip-based devices!“.

According to Microsoft, version 101.40.84 and higher of Defender for Endpoint will be rolled out in the coming weeks: “Over the course of the next several weeks, this version will also reach Mac devices registered for “Current” (formerly “Production”) channel.” and will be made available to devices running macOS version 11 (Big Sur) or higher.

Updates are done using Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU). If you would like to try native Apple M1 support before it hits the “Current” channel, you can subscribe to the “Beta” or “Preview” update channels.

Personally, I am looking forward to the release of the native Apple M1 version, as the availability of the native app was stopping me from running Defender for Endpoint on my Mac devices.

Update September 1st, 2021: Now available using MAU in the Current Preview channel: