Microsoft will be adding down-level support of Windows Defender ATP to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, starting of this summer.
More specifically this launch will enable customers making a transition to Windows 10 can WDATP Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality to their Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 devices. so, those have a mix of Windows 10 and Windows 7 devices in their environments can get a holistic view across their endpoints.
With WDATP, Microsoft gives security teams a single solution to detect and respond to advanced attacks across majority of their endpoints, including: Windows 10, Windows Server 2012R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and partner integration for non-Windows devices.
Microsoft explains, all events in this behavioral based EDR solution will surface in a cloud-based console ofr WDATP called "Windows Defender Security Center", to enable security teams benefit from correlated alerts for all known and unknown adversaries, additional threat intelligence, and a detailed machine timeline for further investigations and manual response options.
Although, it can be run side-by-side with any third-party antivirus, however, it's better when paired with Windows Defender Antivirus (also known as System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for down-level) that sgow all malware detections and trigger response actions to prevent the spread of malware, in the same console.
The public preview of this down-level EDR solution will be available to customers starting this spring.
In addition, Microsoft also has roped in more partners to join Windows Defender ATP on cross-platform support including: macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android devices. Latest to join is SentinelOne's Endpoint Protection Platform, an integrated EPP+EDR solution, that utilizes static and behavioral AI engines to provide multilayered prevention, detection, and response as well as encrypted traffic inspection using one autonomous agent has joined Bitdefender, Lookout and Ziften.
The end of support for Windows 7 is due in January 2020.