Microsoft is adding Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) down-level support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. This will provide additional security to businesses gradually updating their devices to Windows 10, ahead of the end-of-life for Windows 7 in January 2020.
Windows Defender ATP is an endpoint security platform built to prevent breaches in Windows 10. Until now, it has been exclusive to Microsoft's latest OS. The company is adding support to older versions of Windows because businesses in the process of upgrading likely have a mix of devices running Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 in their environments.
Starting this summer, businesses still transitioning to Windows 10 can add Windows Defender ATP Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The support will give them a broader view of security across endpoints running older systems.
Detections and events will appear in the Windows Defender Security Center, the cloud-based console for Defender ATP, so admins can view and respond to malware detections. Microsoft reports the tool can run alongside third-party antivirus tools in addition to its Windows Defender Antivirus, also known as System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for down-level.
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