Windows Defender ATP EDR for Windows 7/8.1 available

[German]12 months after the first announcement and many months of testing, Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) feature of Windows Defender ATP for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.


About a year ago I had reported in the blog post Windows 7/8.1 receiving Windows Defender ATP support about Microsoft's plan to make the Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Thread Protection) known from Windows 10 available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Later a public preview was launched (Windows 7/8.1: Public preview of Windows Defender ATP).

Now Heike Ritter from Microsoft has announced in Windows Defender ATP's EDR capability for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 now generally available the of this solution for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Windows 10 has it already

For Windows 10, Microsoft not only hardened the platform itself, but also developed the Windows Defender ATP. This is a unified endpoint security platform for preventive protection, detection of security breaches, and automated investigation and response. Now this solution is also available for:

  • Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 SP1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise

What's new: Windows Defender Security Center

New to Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials is threat detection and collection of security events in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, which are displayed in the Windows Defender Security Center along with data from other endpoints. This gives a security team a single place to see an overview of security incidents. The data can be used to investigate and respond to incidents across the Windows environment.

Windows Defender ATP in Win7
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Microsoft had already provided this solution in a public preview and worked closely with testers and customers to validate and refine the service. This functionality is now widely available, enabling customers to scale it across their entire environment. For more information on how Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers can integrate with Windows Defender ATP, see this documentation. (via)

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