Windows Defender ATP is coming to Windows 7 and 8.1

Windows Defender ATP is coming to Windows 7 and 8.1

But the reality is that Windows 7 is going to reach the end of support on January 2020 and that should be enough of a reason to move off the operating system; this Defender solution is meant to make that process easier from a security-only point of view. The release targets the users who are now in transition and still have at least Windows 7 devices in possession. This will be paired with either third-party antivirus for endpoint protection or Windows Defender/System Center Endpoint Protection. We want to help our customers achieve the best security possible on their way to Windows 10 ahead of the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020.

Microsoft has announced it is making its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) functionality available on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for the first time, in apparent tacit admission that corporate uptake of its latest Windows 10 platform is not where it wishes it would be.

Both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 have entered the extended support phase of their lifecycle, meaning that they receive security updates.

The new EDR solution built for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will give businesses extensive monitoring tools that will help them protect their systems and network against external attacks, with the ability to respond to potential attacks rapidly. The company says for Windows 7/8.1 users, they are building a behavioral-based solution to provide insights into their endpoints and all detections will be surfaced in the Defender Security center. Previously only available as a threat-detection service for Windows 10, Windows Defender ATP will support Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) functionality on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices.

"Security teams benefit from correlated alerts for known and unknown adversaries, additional threat intelligence, and a detailed machine timeline for further investigations and manual response options", said Rob Lefferts, partner director at Microsoft's Windows & Devices Group, Security & Enterprise.

Late past year, Microsoft suggested that Windows Defender ATP could protect Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 machines, too, and its security was also extended to Linux devices, including Android, iOS and macOS machines, via partnerships with software security providers Bitdefender, Lookout and Ziften. In November we announced this cross-platform support via industry leading partners: Bitdefender, Lookout and Ziften.

The feature will be available for the older operating systems this summer for "customers moving to Windows 10".

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