Next-generation protection

Applies to:

Microsoft Defender Antivirus: Your next-generation protection

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is the next-generation protection component of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. This protection brings together machine learning, big-data analysis, in-depth threat resistance research, and the Microsoft cloud infrastructure to protect devices in your enterprise organization. Your next-generation protection services include the following capabilities:

Try a demo!

Visit the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint demo website to confirm the following protection features are working and explore them using demo scenarios:

  • Cloud-delivered protection
  • Block at first sight (BAFS) protection
  • Potentially unwanted applications (PUA) protection

Minimum system requirements

Microsoft Defender Antivirus has the same hardware requirements as of Windows 10. For more information, see the following resources:

Configure next-generation protection services

For information on how to configure next-generation protection services, see Configure Microsoft Defender Antivirus features.


Configuration and management is largely the same in Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019, while running Microsoft Defender Antivirus; however, there are some differences. To learn more, see Microsoft Defender Antivirus on Windows Server 2016 and 2019.

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