Today Microsoft announced they are introducing a new Defender for Endpoint P1 license. Defender for Endpoint has been available for some time already, as part of the Microsoft 365 E5, Windows Enterprise E5 or Microsoft 365 Security E5 licenses. Microsoft will make a subset of capabilities available as part of the P1 license, supporting client endpoints running Windows 7, 8.1, 10, 11, macOS, Android, and iOS.
Based on this overview, the features that will be made available are Next Generation Protection, Attack Surface Reduction (ASR) and the central configuration, administration, APIs and integration features. This would give an organization basic protection against various (advanced) threats, at a more affordable price. At any point in time, organizations will be able to upgrade to Defender for Endpoint P2, which offers the full set of capabilities shown below.
With most changes like these, they are first introduced as a public preview. The Defender for Endpoint P1 license is no exception, and will be available for free during the public preview period. General availability is expected to be by the end of this year. The new license will be included in the Microsoft 365 E3 license, it will also be available as a stand alone license.
For detailed information on the capabilities and deployment guidelines, please visit this documentation page. To get started immediately, you can sign up for the preview, which will give you a 90 day trial period.