Next-generation protection in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

Applies to:

Windows Defender Antivirus is the next-generation protection component of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Microsoft Defender ATP). Next-generation protection brings together machine learning, big-data analysis, in-depth threat resistance research, and cloud infrastructure to protect devices in your enterprise organization. Next-generation protection services include:

Tip

Visit the Microsoft Defender ATP 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

Windows Defender Antivirus is your main vehicle for next-generation protection, and it has the same hardware requirements as of Windows 10. For more information, see:

Configure next-generation protection services

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

Note

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