Windows 10 Will Run Edge Browser In A Virtual Machine For Extra Security

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Short Bytes: At its Ignite conference, Microsoft announced Windows Defender Application Guard for its Edge Browser. This technology will run Edge in a lightweight virtual machine, isolating it from the rest system. As a result, hackers will find it difficult to inject malware via a website and steal sensitive data.

Microsoft has revealed its plan to make Edge browser safer. This announcement was made by the company at Ignite conference in Atlanta. Called Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge, this feature uses virtual machine-based security.

Windows 10’s Virtualization Based Security, also called VBS, makes use of lightweight virtual machines and Hyper-V hypervisor to isolate the sensitive data and processes from the system. This isolation doesn’t allow a hacker to break into a system and infect the network.

With the help of this tool, Redmond claims that malware won’t be able to touch the machine, TechCrunch notes. The code will run inside a container, something similar to what Microsoft calls a ‘maximum security prison’.

Application Guard will run large chunks of Edge web browser inside a VM. Instead of a full-fledged operating system, this will need just a minimal set of Windows features used to run the web browser.

In the first stage of rollout, Application Guard will only be made available for Microsoft Edge. This feature will also be limited to Windows 10 Enterprise version. The users will be able to mark some website trusted, which won’t be running the process in VM.

This security is also expected to come at some type of performance cost. For the time being, we don’t know how badly will virtualization affect Edge performance.

After an initial preview in early 2017, the Application Guard for Edge will be rolled out broadly in 2017.