Microsoft is putting the finishing touches to the Windows 10 Creators Update. The feature update will arrive in April, but the company has been testing it for months with Windows Insider previews. According to a report from MSPU, the latest Insider preview has a feature that allows users to disable the installation of desktop apps.
This feature would give users the ability to only download apps from the Windows Store and not traditional Win32 apps. Once enabled, users will see a notification each time they attempt to install a desktop app.
Of course, the feature is not enabled by default. Users can choose to use the ability if they want. There are two specific options for the new Windows 10 ability. Firstly, the installation of Win32 apps can be blocked completely. Alternatively, users who try to download a desktop app can have the option to override the notification.
Benefits for Windows 10 Users
Microsoft says the feature is designed to keep PCs secure. It is an excellent new addition to Windows 10 and can be useful for a number of applications. For example, it can help Microsoft prevent bloatware being installed.
It also creates a closed version of Windows 10. Apple's iOS platform only allows users to download apps and games from the App Store. This helps with security and monetizing services, which is why many laud the closed system.
There are also many who hate such a closed system. Windows 10 will now cater for both types of people. However, the true ability of this feature is that it stops third party apps from installing from the web, enhancing security.
It is easy to see how this could be a vital feature for an organization or a shared PC. It allows a company to prevent malware being installed on a network through an application.