03 January 2019
Microsoft will be bringing a new feature to the next major update of Windows 10. This will be called Windows Sandbox. So, what exactly is it? Well, users will be able to run applications and programs in an isolated environment. This means that if a user happens to run an application which is seen as a threat, saved data and other files will not be affected. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that users do not install malicious software.
Running apps in sandboxes or virtual machines actually trick apps into believing that they are being installed on a native PC. In reality, the app is granted access to only a specified portion of the host PC. Windows Sandbox will be included in the 19H1 update of Windows 10. This updated is expected to arrive in the first half of 2019. However, in order to use this feature, your computer must meet a few minimum requirements. While the recommendation is a quad-core CPU, the minimum is a 64-bit dual-core CPU. Users will need at least 4GB RAM and 1GB of free space although 8GB RAM and an SSD are recommended. Apart from this, you will also need to have Windows 10 Pro or above installed on your computer.
The Sandbox feature is literally a “lightweight desktop environment” and is lesser than 100MB. Once Sandbox is closed, all software installed using it is deleted. Sandbox will also allow users to copy files between host PCs. Virtualisation has been around for a long time. However, this is now being natively provided by Microsoft in Windows without users having to resort to third-party software. Windows Sandbox is definitely a feature to look forward to!