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Q: Windows Defender ATP.

Why isn't the Windows Defender ATP platform available with Windows 10 Pro for free?

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This is a consumer forum, so you've proven precisely why this isn't supportable for anything less than the enterprise customers and systems it is currently supported for. Only those IT people operating in such large and complex environments have the knowledge and expertise available internally, along with the resources to pay for the high level of direct support this product currently requires and provides.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/windows-atp

Possibly once the Advanced Threat Protection product has matured further and the cloud processes it uses to aid in making the determinations of attack type are better tuned and automated, the product may be able to be offered to medium sized or other smaller customers. However, right now it still requires too much manual analysis by Microsoft personnel to allow the scale that would be required for thousands of individual customers.

In other words, ATP isn't really a "product", rather it's a package of services layered upon a set of products, so it's not really just a version of Defender as you think and in fact the following section from the page I provided the URL to above explains this quite clearly.

Windows Defender ATP is composed of three parts:

1. The client-end-point behavioral sensor, built into Windows 10 (Windows 10 anniversary update, Windows Insider Preview Build number 14332 and later) and activated upon service enrollment. The client logs relevant security events and behaviors from the endpoint.

2. Cloud security analytics service – processing data from endpoints in combination with historical data and Microsoft’s wide data repository to detect anomalous behaviors, adversary techniques and similarity to known attacks. The service runs on the Microsoft scalable big data platform, and uses a combination of Indicators of Attacks (IOAs), generic analytics and machine learning rules, as well as Indicators of Compromises (IOCs) collected from past attacks.

3. Microsoft and community intelligence – our hunters and researchers investigate the data, finding new behavioral patterns and correlating the data with existing knowledge from the security community.
 
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"Possibly once the Advanced Threat Protection product has matured further and the cloud processes it uses to aid in making the determinations of attack type are better tuned and automated,"


It's funny that I saw this earlier
Automated Response for Windows Defender ATP - Windows For Your Business
I doubt ATP will ever get filtered down to Home and Pro Windows. Well, maybe,... if Microsoft starts Windows 10 Home\Pro as a subscription service itself - probably something like $25 per month.

Microsoft stated in the past that Windows 10 will never be a subscription product, but of course that changed when Windows 10 Education\Enterprise became subscription-only. One of these days Windows 10 Home and Pro will be subscription-only too.
 
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Microsoft stated in the past that Windows 10 will never be a subscription product, but of course that changed when Windows 10 Education\Enterprise became subscription-only.
When did that happen? My University provided me with Edu license, it was in Q1 2016, and when I entered it, it got set as "Digital entitlement". My University haven't informed me about any "subscription-only" nor there is any information. I guess it depends on the region/institution you live/work at. IT specialists here also does not consider bringing ATP services anytime soon to University domain-connected PC's.
 
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When did that happen? My University provided me with Edu license, it was in Q1 2016, and when I entered it, it got set as "Digital entitlement". My University haven't informed me about any "subscription-only" nor there is any information. I guess it depends on the region/institution you live/work at. IT specialists here also does not consider bringing ATP services anytime soon to University domain-connected PC's.
It was announced in 2016. The best source of infos is a Microsoft reseller\representative as it is frustrating to figure out what Microsoft is actually saying in their blogs and other marketing releases.

You will find various articles online like this one if you search for the topic:

Microsoft Unveils Business Subscription Model for Windows, Office - ExtremeTech
 
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