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Yesterday, Microsoft announced that the Company is extending Windows 10 antivirus support to machines still using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) tool for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can be used alongside third-party antivirus programs. Microsoft is also looking to extend Windows ATP to non-Windows devices.
“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. For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, we are building a behavioral based EDR solution to give security teams rich insights into threats on their endpoints, announces Microsoft via the Windows Blog. “All detections and events are surfaced in Windows Defender Security Center, the cloud-based console for Windows Defender ATP. 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.”
The above announcement means that company's using a mix of Windows Operating Systems will be able to protect all their machines under one antivirus security system. It will make the IT administrator's life a lot easier.
With the announcement, Microsoft is hoping to encourage those still using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to make the move to Windows 10, since “security is one of the biggest motivators” to make the transition. Microsoft is retiring Windows 7 in January 2020, so this is a great way to prepare users to become accustomed to Windows 10.
Even though the Windows ATP tool can work alongside third-party antivirus tools, Microsoft encourages users to rather make use of Windows Defender. “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,” explains Microsoft.
In other Windows 10 news, later this month Insider Ring users can test some of the new features coming with the next big update; namely changes to the Game Bar and streaming menu as well as more features for the Video Playback feature.