Windows 7 & 8.1 to get Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) support

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Microsoft said that starting this summer, the customers who are moving to Windows 10 will also be able to add Windows Defender ATP Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) to their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices.

Microsoft's security software that, has hitherto been unique to Windows 10.

So Microsoft is offering Windows Defender ATP to older operating systems to keep users safe from digital nasties like WannaCry ransomware.

"Security is the main driver to get current and stay current with Windows 10".

Microsoft will backport Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to meet the security needs of organizations that have not yet entirely switched to Windows 10. Lefferts' pointed, and emboldened, reference to the cessation of support for Windows 7 in January 2020 and suggestion that anyone still using prior releases must surely be in the process of upgrading is an unsubtle hint to corporate users that for the best security Windows 10 is their only option - something that adoption of the operating system in the wild does not appear to reflect. Today, Microsoft announced that it's bringing the service to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1.

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There will be a public preview access to down-level EDR solution by the coming spring, and this will be not just for the customers.

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. 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.

The arrival of Windows Defender ATP on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is a big deal for a couple of reasons.

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.

The SentinelOne Endpoint Protection Platform provides "static and behavioral AI engines to provide multilayered prevention, detection, and response as well as encrypted traffic inspection using one autonomous agent", according to Microsoft's announcement.