Microsoft is planning to implement SmartScreen file checking natively inside Windows 8.
The software giant has started to incorporate SmartScreen filtering to protect Windows 8 users from malware and viruses. Microsoft has previously used the technology in both Internet Explorer and Windows Live Messenger. SmartScreen works as filtering software to intercept malicious URLs that are automatically detected or manually entered into the company’s database.
The SmartScreen integration in Windows 8 allows the operating system to check the file system and prevent downloaded applications from executing. Long Zheng, who spotted the feature in a leaked build, says he has been unable to trigger the feature but can see references to it in various system settings.
The revelation of SmartScreen filtering comes shortly after a number of leaked Windows 8 screenshots and information:
- Microsoft working on new Windows 8 activation protection
- Windows 8: Automatic Aero colorization based on wallpapers
- Windows 8: Immersive Tablet tile UI and PDF reader revealed
- Windows 8 Metro UI welcome screen and Ribbon screenshots leak
- New Windows 8 screenshots leak, including updated wallpaper
- Windows 8 to include its own Time Machine rival, History Vault
Microsoft has so far been extremely quiet on the Windows 8 front. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices.
Microsoft has started to distribute Windows 8 builds to key OEM partners via its Connect testing site. The company has distributed build 7971.0.110324-1900 to OEMs in a special invite only “Windows 8 and Server vNext Pre-Release Program.”
Image Credit: Long Zheng (istartedsomething.com)