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2020-09-13T07:02:19Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint?

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

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Siddip Neduri - PeerSpot reviewer
Specialist - Collaboration Platform Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-08-14T13:49:00Z
14 August 22

The comprehensiveness of the threat-protection that Microsoft security products provide depends upon the license. Right now, we are using E5 licenses which cover every security feature. But if a small or mid-level organization uses an E3 license or Business Basic plan, not all the features are provided. The cost is high for E5 licenses, but if we go with the E3 license, most of the features are not covered.

BA
Manager at a recruiting/HR firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-08-04T07:57:00Z
04 August 22

We mostly use Microsoft products. We use Office 365, and we use Azure. We're also a Microsoft partner. So, the licensing was much cheaper for us, and at the same time, a lot of the features that we were looking for were included in Defender. We were trying to get our firm the security certification for government contracting. One of the requirements was to upgrade our Microsoft licensing to a level to be able to use the government cloud. We found out that the required licensing already included Defender. So, it helped us kill two birds with one stone. It was much easier for us to convince the executives to go with it.

YB
Cloud Productivity and Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-31T15:20:00Z
31 July 22

Defender doesn't cost that much. When you use Microsoft technology, you can start with the free version and see how much the technology helps your organization solve security problems before you use the subscription. They also do this pay-as-you-go model, so you only pay when you use it.

TK
Network Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-06-28T00:47:00Z
28 June 22

Its price at the moment is very good because you get a lot of value for your money, especially with the subscriptions. If you have the E1, E3, or E5 enterprise subscription, you pay per month per user, and you get almost an infinite number of solutions. If you compare the price to the number of solutions that you get, it is a very good deal. I'm only concerned about the future because Microsoft is taking over one company after another. In the end, there will be no alternative and then they can do whatever they like, but for now, in terms of price, Microsoft is one of the best performers.

Prosanjit Mondal - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Consultant at Tata Consultancy
Reseller
Top 20
2022-05-13T10:02:00Z
13 May 22

Pricing for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is competitive. Out of the bundle, you will get a lot of security, if I talk about Microsoft E5, for example, and get a lot of benefits. If the customer goes and purchases a different solution, it will cost more, so pricing for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is quite reasonable at the moment. There isn't any challenge in terms of pricing, for example, I didn't see a customer who pulled back because of the price. Some prices could be negotiable, and sometimes, as a sales point, the two become negotiable, but they don't bill one and pull back because of the pricing. If you have an E5 license, you get everything. Customers don't worry about the prices too much, because what they're a little bit worried about is the complete capability of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint in the endpoint security space when compared to other legacy solutions such as McAfee Endpoint Security and Symantec End-User Endpoint Security that are quite mature enough in this market, as seen on Gartner. Sometimes the customer is reluctant to move to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, but not because of its price. I didn't have customers who questioned the pricing for the solution.

SAMUELMWANGI - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Calidad Systems Limited
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-05-05T14:09:07Z
05 May 22

We pay annually for a license.

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Tristan Webb - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at AskIf
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-05-04T13:03:09Z
04 May 22

There is an annual license required.

JamesYa - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solutions Architect at Cloud4C Services
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-04-12T19:40:17Z
12 April 22

The license for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is included in the license for the Microsoft Windows operating system.

ZA
Assistant Chief Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-04-07T14:48:41Z
07 April 22

Microsoft Defender is not comparable to a single endpoint security product, like Trend Micro, Symantec, or McAfee. Because of that, the price is higher than others because it is doing more than what the others are doing.

SC
Sr. IT Business Analyst at Citigroup
Real User
Top 5
2022-03-28T13:59:03Z
28 March 22

The license for Microsoft Windows covers Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

Peter Arabomen - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Engineering, Team Lead at Fidelity Bank Plc
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-03-22T20:41:39Z
22 March 22

We pay for our Microsoft Defender for Endpoint subscription yearly.

UchechiSylvanus - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Lead, Process Improvement & RPA at Fidelity Bank Plc
Real User
Top 5
2022-03-22T19:20:36Z
22 March 22

I am not aware of the price. We pay for a license, but I don't know if it is paid monthly, or on yearly basis.

YS
Head-IT/SAP at Barista Coffee Company Ltd.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-02-18T09:20:39Z
18 February 22

The solution is included with Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions.

AR
User at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-02-17T12:14:09Z
17 February 22

Licensing fees are paid annually through a partner.

VA
Senior Manager -Datacenter Planning and Operations at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-02-14T09:57:00Z
14 February 22

Defender is available on a yearly subscription.

Mahendra Patel - PeerSpot reviewer
SOC Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-01-13T09:27:00Z
13 January 22

Compared to ESET, the pricing for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is on the higher side.

VP
Delivery manager at Embee Software Pvt. Ltd.
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-12-23T12:33:00Z
23 December 21

They have to pay for the Defender license. There are different licenses and skews, such as Plan 1, Plan 2, or the trial. You do not need to pay any additional costs for antivirus and anti-malware solutions for endpoint protection.

HL
Cyber Security Consultant at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-12-06T10:44:05Z
06 December 21

We pay a yearly license for Microsoft Defender. We also have a support contract with them.

OK
Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-12-02T19:07:54Z
02 December 21

It's a yearly subscription.

WG
Technology Consultant at Accenture
Real User
Top 5
2021-12-01T13:03:00Z
01 December 21

The company pays for the license so I do not know much about that.

WC
Principal Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-11-04T11:42:00Z
04 November 21

It came with Windows.

TP
IT Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-10-12T12:13:00Z
12 October 21

The solution comes free with Microsoft Windows 10.

EdherIbañez - PeerSpot reviewer
Subject Matter Expert at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2021-10-11T12:34:00Z
11 October 21

Some customers have the licensing of the suite and have all infrastructure prepared for the installation and deployment. But in some cases, when customers haven't deployed the solution and don't have licenses, it can be expensive to start from scratch.

JN
Manager of Information Systems at a engineering company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2021-09-09T21:28:00Z
09 September 21

We are using the free version. When you are centrally managing it, you can't get there without a much more expensive Microsoft solution to control the rollout and to make sure that it is up-to-date. We didn't research that, it was a stop-gap measure until we figured out what we're going to do in the long term.

Kevin Mabry - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Sentree Systems, Corp.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-08-03T23:18:00Z
03 August 21

It is built into Windows 10. If our clients are using Microsoft Defender, the cost goes away for them.

JV
Cyber Security Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-08-02T14:19:51Z
02 August 21

There is no licensing fee. It comes included with the Windows license.

MH
Managing Director at FORESEC
Real User
Top 5
2021-06-28T07:53:00Z
28 June 21

Its price is fair. It has approximately the same price as the other products such as Kaspersky. It is much cheaper than Malwarebytes.

AA
Delivery Practice Director at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-06-09T23:41:25Z
09 June 21

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint comes with Windows 10, and it's free. But for you to be able to manage it in the cloud and use the console, you need to have either an Office 365 E5 subscription or a Microsoft M365 subscription. You need to buy an extra license.

OC
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-06-07T12:24:00Z
07 June 21

We already use Microsoft solutions and I found it cheaper to purchase the bundle, which includes Defender. By including the antivirus in the bundle, it makes it a little cheaper for us. If you purchase it outside of the bundle, it is a little bit expensive. When you want the central administration functionality, it tends to be more expensive. The normal, standalone model is not expensive, but the enterprise model that includes the bundle with email and some web protection, is a bit more expensive.

AC
User at Systex Software
Reseller
2021-06-01T18:39:00Z
01 June 21

You just pay Windows 10 prices, then you have antivirus software. As a price comparison, Defender's costs are very low.

AbdullahAl Masum - PeerSpot reviewer
Professional Prospect List Building Service Provider, Email Sourcer, Virtual Assistant at Freelance
Real User
Top 5
2021-05-31T19:06:00Z
31 May 21

Microsoft Defender is an expensive product in my country.

FB
Head of IT at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2021-04-29T08:41:00Z
29 April 21

It provides peace of mind with really good pricing. It won't be upsetting my budgets or anything like that.

JL
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-03-24T13:16:31Z
24 March 21

We don't have an issue with the price. We have a bundle where the price includes all Microsoft products. This is an area that I am not dealing with. I don't have all of the information.

KM
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-02-17T12:23:55Z
17 February 21

Licensing options vary. Some customers buy it as an enterprise agreement and pay yearly. Others buy it as a CSP, so they pay per month. It completely depends on the customer's needs.

MS
VMware and Windows Server Team Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-12-21T17:11:02Z
21 December 20

Currently, for us, Windows Defender is free with the purchase of Windows Server. Pricing is an important point for us when we are looking at the competitors of this solution. If we choose to go with another vendor, we will have to pay some license fees.

PT
Head Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2020-12-16T16:00:26Z
16 December 20

It is within the same range as other products. It is not too expensive, and it is also not cheap. Its price can be better, but, well, it is Microsoft.

PT
Product Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2020-10-27T21:07:18Z
27 October 20

There is a free version of Windows Defender, although the paid version has EDR functionality. We sell this product as part of Office 365 and it is not expensive.

NK
Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-10-20T04:19:19Z
20 October 20

When compared with other vendors, the pricing is very high. There are several other features that can be integrated with Microsoft Defender ATP such as EDR. But, it doesn't already come integrated with ATP. It's available at an additional cost. If you want the EDR feature, you would have to purchase an E-file license. The cost is three times higher to have more productivity with the dashboard.

Nadeem Abdulla - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager - IT Infrastructure at Taghleef Industries SpA
Real User
Top 5
2020-10-07T07:04:37Z
07 October 20

Microsoft Defender ATP is expensive.

AA
Delivery Practice Director at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-09-13T07:02:19Z
13 September 20

We are using the version that is included with Windows 10. If you don't purchase the advanced threat protection then there is no additional charge.

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