In response to concerns from corporate users, Microsoft on Friday pulled the plug on software that allowed users sharing Windows PCs to shield information from other users in a private folder.Private Folder 1.0 first appeared on Microsoft’s Web site last week as a Windows add-on. Corporate bloggers, however, published concerns that the software would cause major problems for network administrators.”Private Folder 1.0 was designed as a benefit for customers running genuine Windows,” Microsoft said in a statement Friday. “However, we received feedback about concerns around manageability, data recovery and encryption, and based on that feedback we are removing the application today.”Microsoft’s product description of Private Folder 1.0 touted the software as a useful tool to protect private data when friends, colleagues, kids or other people share your PC or account. The tool offered one password-protected folder called “My Private Folder” to save the personal files.At issue is the customer support, or lack thereof, for the software. Microsoft didn’t offer any support for Private Folder 1.0 users. There was no way to retrieve a forgotten password, making it likely that users would lose access to their protected files if they could not remember the code.It was corporate concerns over employees using… Read full this story
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