Microsoft announced today in a blog post the Windows Defender Security Center, which will be delivered with the Creators Update next April. This new experience aims to make it easier for users to view and control the security protection options available in their machines and will provide the following features:
- Virus & threat protection provides a new view of your antivirus protection whether it’s Windows Defender Antivirus that comes free with Windows 10 or AV software from one of our ecosystem partners. If you’ve chosen Windows Defender Antivirus, your scan results and threat history will be displayed here, or you will be able to launch your 3rd party AV protection app directly from this screen.
- Device performance & health provides a single view of your latest Windows updates, drivers, battery life and storage capacity. Additionally, you have the option to start fresh with a clean install of Windows using the Refresh Windows feature. This option will keep your personal files and some Windows settings, and remove most of your apps for a fresh start that can help with performance improvements should your device need them.
- Firewall & network protection provides information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings, as well as links to network troubleshooting information.
- App & browser control allows you to adjust settings for SmartScreen for apps and browsers helping you be more informed and stay safer online by warning you of potential malicious sites, downloads and unrecognized apps and files from the Internet.
- Family options gives you an easy way to connect to the family options available online. This page can link you to information about parental controls, options for setting up good screen time habits, setting up activity reports of your kids’ online activity and managing controls for purchasing apps and games. You can also view the health and safety of your family’s devices from this centralized location.
Also, the Windows Defender Security Center will support third-party AV solutions, so if subscription or paid antivirus software expires, Windows Defender Antivirus will be immediately activated until the user takes further action. You can watch the announcement by Shekhar Saxena, Windows Defender program manager, below.
Finally, Windows Insiders can explore this new experience right now by going to All Apps in the Start Menu. Microsoft is expecting those users to provide feedback through the Feedback hub.
Source: Windows Blog