‘InPrivate Desktop’ feature will let network admins run third-party software free of risk.

Microsoft is working on a new security feature for Windows 10 Enterprise that will allow network administrators to run untrusted applications in a secure environment.

The new desktop feature, dubbed ‘InPrivate Desktop’, was revealed in a response to a feedback challenge, known as ‘quests’, through the Windows Insider Feedback Hub, seen by Bleeping Computer.

Aimed at bolstering Windows 10’s security outlay, the tool will allow IT administrators to execute untrusted apps without risking permanent modifications to their system in a virtual machine-style environment.

“InPrivate Desktop (Preview) provides admins a way to launch a throwaway sandbox for secure, one-time execution of untrusted software,” a preview of the new feature said. “This is basically an in-box speedy VM that is recycled when you close the app!”

The new addition is targeted specifically at machines running Windows 10 Enterprise, and requires at least 4GB RAM, 5GB of free disk space, and at least 2 CPU cores. The quest, which is no longer available in the Feedback Hub, also revealed InPrivate Desktop required CPU virtualisation to be enabled in a computer’s BIOS.

‘Quests’ are a frequently-employed as a way for Windows Insiders to deliver specific feedback to Microsoft and allow extensive user testing of new features that are either imminent or in development.

Little else is known about InPrivate Desktop, including when the tool will launch. The company has even yet to confirm its existence. We’ve approached Microsoft for comment.



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