Microsoft's Windows Sandbox Runs Programs in an Isolated Desktop

Windows Sandbox Will Let You Run Potentially Dangerous Apps in a Safe Virtual Environment

Windows Sandbox Will Let You Run Potentially Dangerous Apps in a Safe Virtual Environment

Windows Sandbox will allow you to run programs and test them in an isolated temporary desktop environment.

When Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise insider build 18305 is released you will be able to install Windows Sandbox through the Windows Features screen.

Microsoft's Windows 10 October Update has had its fair share of issues, but now it's widely available for all users.

The Sandbox contains a full-featured Windows desktop, all clean and pristine and ready for testing.

A few hours ago Microsoft published a blog post, in the Windows Kernel Internals section, detailing "a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation". In other words, this is nearly like a normal VM, where the VM uses an entirely different OS image than the one on the host, except the Windows Sandbox uses unmodified files of the operating system to save on resources. Named for the private browsing mode of the company's Edge web browser, InPrivate Desktop was claimed to add an integrated, high-performance virtual machine (VM) to Windows 10 which can be fired up to run a single untrusted application and automatically 'recycled' when the app is closed, insulating the host operating system from any ill effects.

Windows Sandbox is a strong move by Microsoft that will enhance endpoint security and reliability. Thanks to integrated Microsoft Search, you can find the apps, documents, people, and sites you need quickly and easily.

When it WIndows Sandbox is available it is selectable within the Windows Features control panel, see directly above. This means that it's always running the same version of Windows as the host and that, as the host is updated and patched, the sandbox OS is likewise updated and patched. Now, nearly ready for prime time, it has been renamed succinctly and descriptively Windows Sandbox. However, sophisticated attackers may be able to take advantage of the fact that this virtual machine image is created out of the original Windows 10 system files, and compromise the Sandbox, in the future. And since it's a process, the host OS can decide whether to reclaim memory allocated to the Sandbox and also optimize battery usage on laptops. Others will use the CPU to render these graphics, which should create a slower experience.

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