Windows Defender ATP for Fall Creators Update now in public preview

Just ahead of the Fall Creators Update's release, Microsoft has started opening up some new Windows Defender security features for public testing.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now in public preview, Microsoft has announced. The preview includes a new set of features for businesses, first announced earlier in 2017, that are meant to add improved security and threat protection across the board.

The main thrust of the latest Windows Defender ATP improvements is that ATP will now include "seamless integration across the entire Windows threat protection stack." Says Microsoft:

This focused security investment combines the best of Windows Defender ATP and the Windows security stack. We integrated Windows 10's new prevention technologies, enhanced our built-in sensors to better detect script-based attacks, added new response capabilities and opened up powerful analytics.

The improvements mean that administrators will be given greater insight into detections, alerts, and analytics. That includes a new security analytics dashboard view that can help spot configuration issues and machines with misconfigured or out of date security settings. Organizations can also now tap into customized reports, access data via APIs, and more.

For a full rundown, check out Microsoft's detailed rundown of all of what's new in the Windows Defender ATP public preview. Anyone who cares to try out all of what's new can sign up for a 90-day free trial as well.