Formerly a Windows 10 exclusive, Microsoft today announced that Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Formerly a Windows 10 exclusive, Microsoft today announced that Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
That’s not to say that the older operating systems are set to gain the full benefit of ATP, however. Microsoft says that it is the Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality that will make its way to Windows 7 and 8.1 at some point this summer. This cloud-driven feature will be made available as a preview in the spring.
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Microsoft notes that while one of the main reasons cited for upgrading to Windows 10 is the improved security, there are still plenty of organizations that are still running slightly older operating systems. The company says the backporting of Windows Defender ATP to Windows 7 and 8.1 is a way 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.“
Writing on the Windows blog, Microsoft says:
The company also says that it has been working with its partners to help Windows Defender ATP better detect threat not only to Windows, but also macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android devices.
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