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Announcing Apple M1 native support
Published Aug 25 2021 02:21 PM 22.2K Views

We are thrilled to announce that Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Mac now natively supports Apple’s M1 chip-based devices!


How will the native M1 support be delivered?


Microsoft Defender for Endpoint version 101.40.84 (or later) will natively support Apple ARM silicon. The newest version of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Mac will be delivered to all Mac devices via the existing Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU) channel.



Will the native M1 support bring any visible changes?


The update will deliver our latest unified package that is designed to seamlessly work on M1-based and Intel-based Mac devices.


With the native M1 support, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Mac no longer requires the Rosetta 2 emulator to function on M1-based Big Sur devices. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint does not explicitly take any action on the Rosetta 2. If the Rosetta 2 is no longer needed on a device, it is the responsibility of a user or an organization to remove it.


After successfully deploying and activating the latest update, the on-device experience will remain unchanged. The Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Mac agent will function on M1-based devices in the same way it functions on Intel-based Mac devices.



What are the prerequisites for receiving native M1 support?


  • Native M1 support applies to macOS version 11 (Big Sur) and upcoming major macOS versions.
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Mac required version is 101.40.84 (or later).
  • Native M1 support will initially be offered to devices registered for “Beta” (formerly “InsiderFast”) and “Preview” (formerly “External”) Microsoft AutoUpdate channels. For more information, see Set preferences for Microsoft AutoUpdate.
  • Over the course of the next several weeks, this version will also reach Mac devices registered for “Current” (formerly “Production”) channel.

Sep 08, 2021 update: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Mac version with the native M1 support is now available to all Mac devices registered for the "Current" (formerly "Production) channel.

Follow What's new in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Mac page to stay informed on the latest updates.


Apple M1 support has been highly requested, and we’re excited to provide it! We welcome any questions and feedback. 



Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is an industry-leading, cloud-powered endpoint security solution offering vulnerability management, endpoint protection, endpoint detection and response, and mobile threat defense in a single unified platform. With our solution, threats are no match. If you are not yet taking advantage of Microsoft’s unrivaled threat optics and proven capabilities, sign up for a free trial of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint today.  




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