Microsoft announces Windows Defender Security Solution support for Windows 7 and 8.1


Microsoft later indicated it was adding autoremediation capabilities to this service through its integration of Hexadite technology, so the service is also created to automatically fix security problems. The behavior-based EDR for Windows 7 and 8.1 will give customers better insights into threats on their endpoints. A good portion of businesses using Windows are either running Windows 7 or are in the process of transitioning to Windows 10, and with the end of support for Windows 7 nearing, Windows Defender ATP will come in handy for large businesses where the migration process tends to be quite lengthy.

Windows 10 surpassed Windows 7 as the world's most popular desktop operating system in January, according to research firm StatCounter.

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In order to protect them, Microsoft will be extending availability of Advanced Threat Protection to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. "With Windows 10 we built the most secure Windows ever, by hardening the platform itself and by developing Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) - a unified endpoint security platform that helps stop breaches", said Microsoft.

Windows Defender ATP is a post-breach detection service originally associated with Windows 10 clients, which was unveiled nearly two years ago.

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Both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 have entered the extended support phase of their lifecycle, meaning that they receive security updates.

"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", said Rob Lefferts, partner director at Microsoft's Windows & Devices Group, Security & Enterprise. In an invite to the Windows Camera preview program, the company reportedly said, "You'll be one of the first to try out new features in the preview version of Camera, and your feedback will shape the future of the app".

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So Microsoft is offering Windows Defender ATP to older operating systems to keep users safe from digital nasties like WannaCry ransomware. Microsoft has recently been expanding the service to include macOS, Linux, iOS and Android devices. Of course, users who want the full support of Windows Defender ATP will have to upgrade their machines to Windows 10.