Windows Defender ATP is coming to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Microsoft Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a service that Windows 10 users can utilise to prevent advanced attacks on a network, will now be available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users as well. Making it available to older Windows versions indicates the success of the tool.

Windows Defender ATP is a post-breach detection service originally associated with Windows 10 clients, which was unveiled nearly two years ago. They can drill down by threat vector, machine or user to identify ongoing issues, inspect past threats and obtain alerts for new problems.

Windows 7 and 8.1 will as well get an EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) solution for security experts to get them more details on threats on their endpoints. Many businesses struggle to move their entire fleet to a new OS with legacy and bespoke applications often built or specifically configured to fit an OS.

That's not to say that the older operating systems are set to gain the full benefit of ATP, however. Businesses will be able to access all the reports, analytics, and other data using the cloud-based Windows Defender Security Center dashboard just like they can on Windows 10. The decision to support Windows 7 comes in spite of that operating system having less than two years of support left; its extended support period ends in January 2020. Meanwhile, we know that while in their transition, some may have a mix of Windows 10 and Windows 7 devices in their environments.

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That's why today, we are pleased to announce that we are adding Windows Defender ATP down-level support for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft is additionally bringing cross-platform security support for various OS: Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. To make this possible, it's been teaming up with device management solution providers that already have a presence on these platforms. The company said it's continuing to develop further integrations and functionality extensions, helping companies stay secure in the digital economy.

Enterprise customers will be able to preview the new Windows Defender ATP EDR solutions for Windows 10, as well as Windows 7 and 8.1, as early as this spring.

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