Microsoft has unveiled a new security feature ‘Smart App Control’ (SAC)’ for Windows 11 which it claims will block untrusted or potentially dangerous applications.
SAC is a security feature that blocks malicious, untrusted, and potentially unwanted apps on Windows devices like desktops, laptops etc. Which sounds a lot like Google's Play Protect, which scans apps before they can be downloaded.
“SAC is first configured in evaluation mode. While SAC is in evaluation mode, it will learn if it can help protect you without getting in your way too much. If so, it will automatically be turned on. Otherwise, it will automatically be turned off. While in evaluation mode, a user can manually turn on SAC in the Windows Security app under the App & Browser Control section. More details on this feature will be shared in the future,” Microsoft said in its official blog.
Microsoft, however, has clarified that SAC can only be enabled on Windows devices that have performed a clean install with the latest Insider Preview build.
Microsoft has released Cumulative Update builds — 22567.200 (KB5012432) and 22567.100 (KB5012427) — for the new operating system for windows insiders. Furthermore, ‘Windows Insider Program’ is a non-chargeable and open software testing program that lets its users test pre-release versions of upcoming Windows Operating System before they are readily available.
The Satya Nadella-led company has clarified that the new Windows build does not bring anything new as it is a cumulative update, which is designed to test its servicing pipeline for builds in the development channel.
Microsoft has also affirmed that it will be able to streamline its 365 (subscription services including MS Office) offerings with the new Cumulative Update Build. The company has revealed that it is introducing payment details within the subscription card experience. By introducing this feature, Microsoft believes that 365 users can view its payment information and will be notified when the payment method needs to be updated, thus ensuring subscriptions are continued without any disruptions.
Furthermore, Microsoft is also allowing its Windows users to link their Android phones to PC as part of the device setup (OOBE) for Windows 11. This will give its users instant access to everything on their phone, right from the PC, as per Microsoft’s claims.
Apart from the above features, Microsoft has also said that Windows 11 will now prioritise installing updates in the background at times when greater amounts of ‘clean energy sources’ like wind, solar, and hydro are available.