Next-generation protection overview

Applies to


  • Windows

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint includes next-generation protection to reinforce the security perimeter of your network. Next-generation protection was designed to catch all types of emerging threats. In addition to Microsoft Defender Antivirus, your next-generation protection services include the following capabilities:


Next-generation protection is included in both Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and Plan 2. Learn more about Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and Plan 2 Next-generation protection is also included in Microsoft Defender for Business and Microsoft 365 Business Premium. Compare security features in Microsoft 365 plans for small and medium-sized businesses.

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 as in Windows clients. However, there are some differences.