New in Microsoft 365 Business Premium: Antivirus management and Universal Print
Published Mar 15 2021 04:49 PM 21.2K Views

This month brings two more reasons to choose Microsoft 365 Business Premium as the solution for your business’s productivity, collaboration, and security needs.


In September we announced new management capabilities for Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Microsoft 365 Business Premium.  The new Active Threats page of that antivirus management experience has been rolling out for the past few months and is now available to all customers worldwide.  


View a consolidated list of threats right from the Microsoft 365 Admin CenterView a consolidated list of threats right from the Microsoft 365 Admin Center

You can access this page from the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, beneath the Health menu.  This provides a consolidated view of any threats detected in Microsoft Defender across all the managed Windows 10 PCs within your organization.  The machines must be managed by Intune and not running other antivirus solutions.  If you aren’t using your Business Premium subscription to manage your PCs with Intune yet, the simplified setup experience we introduced last year is a great way to get started. 


This new infrastructure manages the version of Microsoft Defender that is included in Windows 10, so there is no additional software to install or manage. Microsoft Defender runs quietly and efficiently, leveraging Microsoft’s intelligent security graph for powerful cloud-based protection. Many of the customers we talk with aren’t aware of how good this built-in version of Defender has become, and it’s worth a look if you are interested in eliminating the extra expense of a third-party antivirus product and simplifying your IT operations.


On March 2nd, general availability of Universal Print was announced at Microsoft Ignite.  Universal Print allows IT to manage printers directly through a centralized portal, without the need for on-premises print servers. This is great news for customers who are looking to eliminate their last few servers and get the benefits of a 100% cloud setup. This video describes some of the benefits of Universal Print, which is included in Microsoft 365 Business as well as enterprise plans.



These are two new ways that Microsoft 365 Business Premium can help your business thrive by providing essential productivity, collaboration, security, and management capabilities.


We’re eager to hear your feedback as you begin using these new features, so be sure to share your experiences and ask questions in here in the Tech Community.


To learn more about the new Active Threats view, see Threats detected by Microsoft Defender Antivirus - Microsoft 365 Business | Microsoft Docs


To learn more about Universal Print, see the official announcement


If you are an IT services partner, learn how you can help your customers be more secure using Microsoft 365 Business Premium with this partner playbook and webinar series

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