News

Microsoft Pulls Private Folder Tool

Microsoft has abruptly pulled from its Web site a free folder encryption tool it recently released, saying the program's removal came about due to complaints from IT shops.

The utility, dubbed Private Folder 1.0, enables a user to create a folder called "My Private Folder," which is then password protected. The tool only lets users create a single folder, however.

Microsoft released Private Folder earlier this month. But it didn't take long before IT administrators began asking the company to take down the utility.

"We received feedback about concerns around manageability, data recovery and encryption, and based on that feedback we are removing the application," a company spokesperson said in an e-mail explaining the program's withdrawal.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

Featured

  • The 2020 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generations of .NET and PowerShell, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • 2020 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss. (Now updated with COVID-19-related event changes.)

  • Microsoft Closing Most of Its Retail Stores

    Microsoft on Friday announced a major shift in its retail operations, with plans to close most of its physical Microsoft Store outlets in favor of online sales.

  • Matrix

    Microsoft, Harvard Describe Joint Privacy Initiative

    To facilitate data sharing while still preserving data privacy, Microsoft and Harvard have embarked on a set of open source tool called the "OpenDP Initiative."

RCP Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.