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Windows Sandbox Lets You Safely Run Dodgy Apps

Windows Sandbox Lets You Safely Run Dodgy Apps

They have just announced the availability of a sandboxed version of Windows 10 running inside Windows 10 just to isolate the suspected software to run inside it saving the main system from the potential threats. Sandboxes will also be able to access GPU and graphics card capabilities to make them run a little more smoothly. Once you close the sandbox down all files and its state are permanently deleted, adds Microsoft.

Note that this feature is only coming to Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, so it's mainly aimed at businesses and professional users.

Microsoft didn't say exactly when the Windows Sandbox will roll out, but we expect the 18305 build to appear at some point in the first half of 2019.

Fill in the appropriate details and for the feature category, select Windows Sandbox under Security and Privacy.

It remains to be seen how well Windows Sandbox can be integrated into regular workflows and whether app data from the Sandbox can be saved to the host drive or not.

Windows Sandbox doesn't use a separate Windows 10 image, but instead links to clean/unmodified versions of Windows files.

It's pretty straightforward, but not out-of-the-box, so it's recommended for advanced and enterprise users only - it will involve turning on virtualisation in your machine's BIOS which will scare the bejesus out of a lot of people.

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The Office app was released under the Windows Insiders (Fast) program, meaning it will be available to all Windows 10 users for free very soon.

"Windows Sandbox is a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation".

Another "hybrid" design choice that Microsoft made was in how Sandbox shares memory with the host system.

The sandbox also uses a new technology called "integrated scheduler", which allows the host to decide when the sandbox runs.

The memory-corruption flaw allows attackers to remotely execute malicious code when computers use IE to visit a booby-trapped website, Microsoft said Wednesday.

Only devices that have WDDM 2.5-compatible drivers or newer will be able to use hardware accelerated rendering for sandboxed applications.