Businesses who are now migrating to Windows 10 already have access to Windows Defender ATP, but to ensure all of their machines and users are protected from external attacks, they can use Windows Defender ATP on machines running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 starting this Spring with the public preview.
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.
New capabilities added to Windows Defender ATP last fall included features to combat phishing, impersonation and domain spoofing. Windows 10 already has it, as it's built into the OS. The release targets the users who are now in transition and still have at least Windows 7 devices in possession.
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. "Security teams benefit from correlated alerts for known and unknown adversaries, additional threat intelligence, and a detailed machine timeline for further investigations and manual response options".
Rob Lefferts, a partner director in Microsoft's Windows & Devices Group, said in a blog post on Monday that "we know that while in their transition, some [customers] may have a mix of Windows 10 and Windows 7 devices in their environments".
If you are a current customer, a preview of this offering will arrive in the spring. "Windows Defender ATP will provide optics on detection and response so Sec-Ops will have full visibility to any threats that have been encountered", Microsoft explained the feature a year ago. However, Windows XP's long run showed us that if an old operating system continues to remain popular, Microsoft may extend the support for it. However, Windows Defender Antivirus provides users with better and more up-to-date security detection and protection in Windows 10.