Newsletter: Windows Sandbox By Microsoft Announced & Xbox Disc-Less Consoles Might Be Named ‘Anaconda’ & ‘Lockhart’

Newsletter: Windows Sandbox By Microsoft Announced & Xbox Disc-Less Consoles Might Be Named ‘Anaconda’ & ‘Lockhart’

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

MICROSOFT ANNOUNCED WINDOWS SANDBOX FOR SAFELY RUNNING APPLICATIONS IN ISOLATION

THE STORY

Microsoft has announced Windows Sandbox, which is a lightweight virtual machine where users can safely run anonymous or suspicious applications in isolation.

WHAT ARE THE PROPERTIES OF WINDOWS SANDBOX?

Windows Sandbox is an isolated, temporary, desktop environment to run untrusted or unauthorized software without any impact to your PC. It has several properties that make its environment isolated, such as:

Part of Windows – This environment is compatible with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise and doesn’t require any additional configuration to run it. Also, there is no need of downloading a VHD for this feature.

Original & Pristine – Every time user runs Windows Sandbox, it’s works as a clean brand-new installation of Windows.

Disposable – Once user closes the application, nothing is stored on the device. As soon as the user terminates the current session, everything is discarded and all the software with all its files and state are permanently deleted.

Secure – Windows Sandbox use hardware-based virtualization for kernel isolation, which relies on the Microsoft’s hypervisor to run a separate kernel which isolates Windows Sandbox from the host.

Efficient – It is fast and efficient as it uses integrated kernel scheduler, smart memory management, battery pass-through and virtual GPU.

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR USING WINDOWS SANDBOX?

  • Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise build 18305 or later
  • AMD64 architecture
  • Virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS
  • At least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • At least 1 GB of free disk space (SSD recommended)
  • At least 2 CPU cores (4 cores with hyperthreading recommended)

Microsoft Windows Sandbox feature is reported to be include in upcoming Windows 10 19H1 update by early next year.


NEXT-GEN XBOX CONSOLES CODENAMED ‘ANACONDA’ & ‘LOCKHART’, CLAIM MULTIPLE SOURCES

THE STORY

According to reports from multiple sources, it is claimed that the next-gen Xbox console would be codenamed ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Lockhart’.

WHAT’S THE RUMOR?

Well, as of now, the information that we have gathered says that there will be two separate consoles by Xbox, which might be unveiled and released in 2020. They could be released for users with codename ‘Anaconda’ & ‘Lockhart’.

It’s said that these two consoles are like currently top selling Xbox consoles, that is, Xbox One S and Xbox One X. But, this time, Microsoft is planning to bring out the disc-less consoles by collaborating with some of the major gaming companies and titles. Or they could even include SSD hard drive to reduce loading time.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANACONDA AND LOCKHART CONCEPT MODELS?

It’s still suspense as no official statement or announcement has been made by Xbox or Microsoft Corporations. However, as claimed by the sources, Lockhart is rumored to be more affordable, baseline model that would bring in more gaming fans and consumers. Whereas, on the other side, Anaconda, as the name speaks for itself is reported to be heavyweight and will have more beefed-up and powerful configuration when compared to other versions of Xbox console family. Anaconda will definitely cost more, as more power more money.

Seems like Microsoft is trying hands on the latest tech to give consumers better gaming experience with these consoles, that won’t burn user wallets.

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