Microsoft reveals InPrivate Desktop sandbox feature for Windows 10
Microsoft revealed a feature that it calls InPrivate Desktop last week on the Windows 10 Insider Feedback Hub before it pulled the quest quickly again.
Bleeping Computer was fast enough to grab a screenshot of the quest and collect the information that Microsoft provided.
The description indicates that the feature is for Windows 10 Enterprise at this point in time. It would not be the first that is Enterprise-exclusive but it has happened in the past that Enterprise-only features were introduced at least in professional versions of Windows 10 such as Pro as well at a later point in time.
The quest had the following description:
InPrivate Desktop (Preview) provides admins a way to launch a throwaway sandbox for secure, one-time execution of untrusted software. This is basically an in-box, speedy VM that is recycled when you close the app!
Microsoft published prerequisites and installation steps as well. The feature requires a Windows 10 Enterprise installation, at least build 17718, Hypervisor capabilities enabled in the BIOS, at least 4 Gigabytes of RAM and 5 Gigabytes of disk space, and a processor with at least two cores.
InPrivate Desktop allows administrators to run untrusted executable programs in a sandbox so that the underlying system cannot be affected in any way by the execution. Similarly to what third-party programs such as Sandboxie offer but integrated natively in Windows 10.
Admins can make use of virtualization to test untrusted executable files but that requires more storage space and resources.
The quest was live for just a brief moment before it was pulled by Microsoft again. It is possible that it was published in error by Microsoft at this point in time.
The quest pointed to the InPrivate Desktop application but Bleeping Computer could not install the application because it had other requirements (Azure Active Directory) and blocked access because of that.
The integration of a quick and easy way to test software in a sandbox environment could certainly help improve overall security. It is a pity that Microsoft seems to target Windows 10 Enterprise exclusively with the feature as it would certainly help non-Enterprise customers of the company as well test and run software programs in a secure environment.
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