Windows Sandbox will arrive in 2019 and will allow you to run applications (suspicious or not) in an isolated and safe way
Those responsible at Microsoft have not been very successful with initiatives that manage to make their application store function as a central point of software distribution. The idea of Windows 10 S was not at all bad in terms of the security provided by having that software channel guaranteed by Microsoft, which it intended to avoid, among other things. that users were exposed to malware.
Now in Redmond they propose an interesting alternative. It’s called “Windows Sandbox” and it will allow us to run applications, whether we suspect they have malware or not, in a lightweight virtualized environment isolated from the rest of the system. So we can run these applications without risk of contaminating the rest of our desktop environment.
Running applications safely and in isolation
A few months ago there was already talk of this type of feature, although then it seemed that it was going to be called “InPrivate Desktop” (codenamed “Madrid”), thus following in the wake of Microsoft Edge’s incognito mode. However, that name has changed to Windows Sandbox.
At Microsoft today they have published a post on the official blog in which they indicate how the feature now available to some preliminary builds users on Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise.
To use it, it will be necessary to have these latest compilations for preliminary versions of Windows 10. The final version will arrive in the first half of 2019 with the next major update of this operating system, and users will have to have on your processor support for virtualization, which must be activated in the BIOS.
Windows Sandbox is according to Microsoft officials a “lightweight virtual machine” that is based on so-called Windows Containers and a special process scheduler. Once we run that virtual machine we will find a “Windows within Windows” in which to test those applications whether they are suspected of containing malware or not.
All data associated with that temporary environment they will be destroyed when we close that sandbox, and it certainly seems like a very interesting way to be able to evaluate all kinds of software without risk.