Next-generation protection in Windows


Welcome to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, the new name for Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection. Read more about this and other updates here. We'll be updating names in products and in the docs in the near future.

Applies to:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019

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.