And so the channel must wait, again, for the chance to offer virtual Windows desktops hosted by Microsoft - but can already consume virtual desktops run by either Citrix or VMware in Azure, or buy AWS Workspaces instead. This will allow Windows 10 users to run specific programs in an isolated environment that can not harm their data or otherwise interfere with the running of their PC. The software is strictly optional, but it'll come pre-installed on new PCs beginning in the summer - Microsoft is no doubt hoping to reel in people who might otherwise make a beeline for Google's services.
Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users will be able to try out the feature once Microsoft ships build 18305.
Scheduled to arrive in 2019 on Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise (but weirdly not on Home), Windows Sandbox will be built into the operating system - in other words, you won't have to download an extra program.
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Microsoft officially describes Windows Sandbox as a "lightweight desktop environment", and it is less than 100MB in size because it leverages existing Windows 10 system files.
You can never be too careful when it comes to opening files or email attachments from untrusted sources. Microsoft integrated this within Windows 10, adding features that made it more suitable for running on devices and laptops.
Microsoft recommends an AMD64 system with virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS, Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise build 18305 or later, an SSD, 8GB of RAM and a quad-core processor. When it WIndows Sandbox is available it is selectable within the Windows Features control panel, see directly above.
This base image is created by including actual "clean" copies of required files that could be changed by malicious actors or other tools and links to files on the host operating system that cannot be changed.
The Windows scheduler ensures that the sandbox is always subservient to the host system.
The company worked with graphics ecosystem partners to create drivers (using the Windows Display Driver Model version 2.5) that would allow for the hardware acceleration of the user interfaces within the sandboxes.