Next Generation Protection in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

Applies to:

Next-gen protection provides enhanced safety, alongside more traditional security measures. Next-gen services use machine learning and the cloud to keep all devices on your enterprise network safe.

Next-gen protection services include:

Tip

You can visit the Windows Defender Testground website at demo.wd.microsoft.com to confirm the following features are working and see how they work:

  • Cloud-delivered protection
  • Fast learning (including Block at first sight)
  • Potentially unwanted application blocking

Note

For more information regarding what's new in each Windows version, please refer to What's new in Microsoft Defender ATP.

Minimum system requirements

Windows Defender Antivirus is our main vehicle for next-gen protection.

It has the same hardware requirements as Windows 10. For more information, see:

Configuring next-gen services

You can use the following to configure and manage next-gen services in Windows 10, while running Windows Defender Antivirus:

  • System Center Configuration Manager (as System Center Endpoint Protection, or SCEP)
  • Microsoft Intune
  • PowerShell
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Group Policy

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

Tip

You can visit the Windows Defender Testground website at demo.wd.microsoft.com to confirm the following features are working and see how they work:

  • Cloud-delivered protection
  • Fast learning (including Block at first sight)
  • Potentially unwanted application blocking