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Microsoft adds Windows 7, 8.1 support to Windows Defender ATP

Microsoft adds Windows 7, 8.1 support to Windows Defender ATP

From the middle of this year, you will be able to add Windows Defender ATP Detection & Response (EDR) to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1.

"We hear from our customers security is one of the biggest motivators for their move to Windows 10".

Microsoft notes that enterprise users can run third-party antivirus applications, alongside System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for Windows 7 and 8.1. Today, Microsoft announced that it's bringing the service to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft is looking to make the migration process easier and is announcing Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 The idea here is that if you are running Windows Defender on Windows 10, you can now extend that security profile to other machines while you wait for them to be upgraded. 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.

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Windows Defender ATP support for Windows 7 SP1 is somewhat of a surprise, considering Microsoft has been slowly but surely de-emphasizing Windows 7 support in the past few years. These new endpoint agents will be available this summer and will allow enterprises who continue to use these older Windows versions get a better view of the threats and potentially malicious behavior experienced on them.

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.

New capabilities added to Windows Defender ATP last fall included features to combat phishing, impersonation and domain spoofing.

"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. With Windows Defender Antivirus, security teams can see all malware detections and trigger response actions to prevent the spread of malware, in the same console.


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