Microsoft's Bringing Windows Defender ATP to Windows 7

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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.

The messaging here may sound a bit mixed that the company is adding support for older versions of Windows while trying to sell an upgrade to Windows 10. The release targets the users who are now in transition and still have at least Windows 7 devices in possession. We want 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.

Microsoft recently partnered with Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften to extend the Windows Defender ATP threat detection across Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS devices to ensure that there are no weak endpoints inside a company's network.

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

The EDR solution for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 will be able to run side-by-side with third-party antivirus solutions. Windows 7 and 8.1 users will be able to add Windows Defender ATP Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality to their PCs starting this summer.

Both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 have entered the extended support phase of their lifecycle, meaning that they receive security updates. At the same time, Microsoft also announced a new partner, called SentinelOne, which will integrate its Endpoint Protection Platform and its own EDR with Microsoft's Windows Defender ATP.

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.

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. Would be users of the extended Windows Defender ATP service will need to be in the process of updating their IT estates or patchwork computer setups to Windows 10.