Microsoft has made a free Office app for Windows 10

Microsoft has made a free Office app for Windows 10

Running software in a virtual machine and then integrating that software into the main operating system is not new-VMware has done this on Windows for two decades now-but Windows Sandbox is using a number of techniques to reduce the overhead of the virtual machine while also maximizing the performance of software running within the VM, without compromising the isolation it offers.

Windows Sandbox represents a convenient way to fire up a desktop environment which is completely isolated from the rest of your system, where you can run an executable which you're concerned about without any fear of collateral damage.

While the feature doesn't require the setting up of a virtual machine, virtualization capabilities need to be enabled in the BIOS. Once you close the sandbox down all files and its state are permanently deleted, adds Microsoft.

Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users will be able to try out the feature once Microsoft ships build 18305.

There's a lot in build 18305, including improvements to Start, Fluent Design, and Cloud Clipboard, in addition to new features like Windows Sandbox. It's called Windows Sandbox, and it's coming next year to select versions of the OS.

You can never be too careful when it comes to opening files or email attachments from untrusted sources. It's just not necessary, thanks to OneDrive integration with Windows 10 and the Most Recently Used (MRU) document functionality in all Office applications.

Another week, another Windows 10 Insider Preview build for those in the Fast ring. Here's what you need to know. Foley thinks the feature could reach a finished release of Windows 10 in the first half of 2019. Now, nearly ready for prime time, it has been renamed succinctly and descriptively Windows Sandbox.

Microsoft started the rollout of the feature update in early October 2018 but pulled it from Windows Update and other updating tools shortly thereafter because of a data loss bug.

BleepingComputer has reached out to Microsoft with numerous questions regarding whether installed apps will be included in the sandbox, but had not heard back at the time of this article.

The virtualisation functions are quite impressive and include, if you're running a video card with WDDM 2.5 drivers, hardware acceleration.

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