Microsoft developing “throwaway sandbox” for Windows 10

Posted 10 August 2018 16:34 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Microsoft is developing a new feature for Windows 10 Enterprise that allows administrators to run untrusted executables in a temporary sandbox if there is doubt about the safety of the file. The new feature is called inPrivate Desktop.

Users discovered the new feature in the Windows 10 Insider Feedback Hub quest, where Microsoft asked users to the test the new feature. Only Insiders with at least build 17718 of Windows 10 Enterprise, 4 GB of RAM, 5 GB of free disk space, 2 CPU cores, and CPU virtualization enabled in the BIOS are eligible to test the inPrivate Desktop functionality.

“InPrivate Desktop (Preview) provides admins a way to launch a throwaway sandbox for secure, one-time execution of untrusted software,” Microsoft writes in the Feedback Hub. “This is basically an in-box, speedy VM that is recycled when you close the app!”

Eligible users should be able to download the InPrivate Desktop app from the Microsoft Store. At the moment, however, the app doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

Similar technology is already available from third-party applications such as Sandboxie which works on all Windows versions and adds an “Open with” to the Windows context menu to conveniently execute files within a sandbox.

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