Microsoft brings Windows 10 security features to older operating systems


Starting this summer, customers moving to Windows 10 can add Windows Defender ATP Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality to their Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 devices, and get a holistic view across their endpoints.

Windows Defender ATP is expected to be available for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 starting this summer, but a public preview will be available starting this spring. In their announcement, Microsoft said the move is to help "customers achieve the best security possible on their way to Windows 10".

Microsoft reminds users that the new security solution will work simultaneously with third-party antivirus software, although Microsoft Windows Defender Antivirus will provide further compatibility.

The Defender ATP for Windows is a "unified endpoint security platform" dedicated to stopping breaches. "It's great to see Microsoft helping customers better protect our environment with WDATP support for Windows 7 during this transition", said Matt Cochran, Manager Information Systems, Hendrick Motorsports. Powered by Microsoft Azure, Windows ATP has endpoint detection and response built right into Windows 10, making it the most secure Windows yet.

Now, Microsoft is offering Windows Defender ATP support to older Windows clients, even though Windows 7 will fall out of "extended support" about two years from now on January 14, 2020. Given the boosted functionality and fresh but familiar user interface of Windows 10, we'd also expect people to make the upgrade.

Microsoft past year announced Windows Defender ATP feature for Windows 10 operating system with the Fall Creators Update.Today, in a blog post, Microsoft announced that the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is coming to Windows 7 and 8.1 devices this summer. A paid-for cloud-based Enterprise service, Windows Defender ATP enables administrators to monitor and respond to threats across a network. Security teams too will be able to "detect suspicious behavior" on Windows 7 and 8.1 devices. However, Windows Defender Antivirus provides users with better and more up-to-date security detection and protection in Windows 10. Microsoft has recently been expanding the service to include macOS, Linux, iOS and Android devices.