Microsoft Defender for Endpoint preview features


The preview versions are provided without a service level agreement, and it's not recommended for production workloads. Certain features might not be supported or might have constrained capabilities.

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The Defender for Endpoint service is constantly being updated to include new feature enhancements and capabilities.

Learn about new features in the Defender for Endpoint preview release and be among the first to try upcoming features by turning on the preview experience.


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For more information on new capabilities that are generally available, see What's new in Defender for Endpoint.

Turn on preview features

You'll have access to upcoming features that you can provide feedback on to help improve the overall experience before features are generally available.

Turn on the preview experience setting to be among the first to try upcoming features.

  1. In the navigation pane, select Settings > Advanced features > Preview features.

  2. Toggle the setting between On and Off and select Save preferences.

Preview features

The following features are included in the preview release:

  • Device discovery
    Helps you find unmanaged devices connected to your corporate network without the need for extra appliances or cumbersome process changes. Using onboarded devices, you can find unmanaged devices in your network and assess vulnerabilities and risks. You can then onboard discovered devices to reduce risks associated with having unmanaged endpoints in your network.


    Standard discovery will be the default mode for all preview customers starting May 10, 2021. You can choose to retain the basic mode through the settings page.

  • Web Content Filtering
    Web content filtering is part of web protection capabilities in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. It enables your organization to track and regulate access to websites based on their content categories. Many of these websites, while not malicious, might be problematic because of compliance regulations, bandwidth usage, or other concerns.

  • Device health and compliance report
    The device health and compliance report provides high-level information about the devices in your organization.


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