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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Microsoft Defender Antivirus?


We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

PeerSpot user
16 Answers
Technical Project Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
19 May 21

There is no license needed, the solution comes with Microsoft Windows.

Carlo Du Plessis - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Specialist at Engen
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
07 April 21

The solution comes as a part of Windows 10 and it is covered under its license.

Technical Support Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
25 February 21

There isn't really a licensing process. The solution was pre-installed by default. It simply comes with Microsoft Windows.

OmidKoushki - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at KIAN company
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
30 January 21

This is an expensive product and licensing for all Microsoft products is a big issue. However, Volume Licensing and Educational Licensing are good options to decrease the cost.

Lalit Vazirani - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Darknext
Real User
Top 20
29 December 20

The solution is an open source version and comes free with a paid version of Windows 10.

Head Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
16 December 20

The product pricing is definitely in the same range as other products. It's therefore not too expensive, however, it's also not too cheap. It could be better, however, it's Microsoft and they can pretty much set their pricing how they like.

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Co-Founder at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
06 December 20

I got it with the Microsoft Windows license.

Network Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Top 5
22 October 20

This solution is part of Windows and comes included with it.

Mani MS - PeerSpot reviewer
CRM & IT Head at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
08 October 20

I pay for it through the Windows Professional or Standard license. It is a one-time cost for me, and I use the same license.

Manager Cyber Defense Operations Centre at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
06 October 20

I think that the product is affordable. At least it was for me. It is part of the Office 365 package.

Head - IT Operations & Enterprise Systems Support at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
13 August 20

This product is included in the pricing for Windows.

Team Lead at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
12 August 20

The solution is free. Once a user downloads Windows 10, they automatically get the product.

John-Maina - PeerSpot reviewer
Navision Consultant and user support at NCPD
Real User
16 April 20

The product is free of charge and comes integrated into Windows.

Deputy Director at BG Service
Real User
22 September 19

The cost is per-user. We pay more for an Enterprise license.

Gabriel Petcu - PeerSpot reviewer
Program Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
08 September 19

You have a standard licensing fee. As far as I know, there are no other costs above and beyond this.

Ibikunle Imam - PeerSpot reviewer
COO at Floating-Dot Technology LTD
Real User
Top 20
27 June 19

It's free because it comes with Windows. It's a free solution. We're not paying any license. That's why it's better than Bitdefender, McAfee, or Norton. It's free.

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