You can now run Windows Defender from the notifications bar

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft released the latest build 15046 for Windows 10 Preview. Even though the new build doesn’t come with any new features, it does improve some of the existing aspects of the system.

A feature that received most changes in the recent build is Windows Defender. Although the improvements have nothing to do with how the app, making it easier for users to check their security status and open Windows Defender.

The new build adds a Windows Defender Security Center notification icon to the notification area. From here, users are able to see their protection status at any time. Additionally, you can instantly open Windows Defender, by simply clicking the icon. 

On top of that, you can now launch Windows Defender Security Center directly from the Settings app. We’re not sure about the reason for this, since it’s not practical for users to open the Settings page just for opening Windows Defender, but we’re sure Microsoft will reveal more details soon.

These new options are for now only available to Windows Insiders on PC, running at last Windows 10 Preview build 15046. Everyone else will get all the new features and improvements, along with these ones with the Creators Update for Windows 10, which is scheduled for April release.

As a reminder, these improvements are related to the new Windows Defender UWP app (not the old Win32 program), which will also debut in the Creators Update.

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