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    LANGALIST By Fred Langa It’s disabled by default and comes with some serious gotchas … but it also can add an extra level of online security to Micr
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      For one, Application Guard works only with Microsoft’s Edge and Office apps.

      An Enterprise E5 license is required to use Application Guard with Office:

      Application Guard is available to participating organizations that have Microsoft 365 E5 or Microsoft 365 E5 Security licenses.

      Application Guard for Office now generally available

      Licensing requirements
      Microsoft 365 E5 or Microsoft 365 E5 Security

      Install Application Guard for Office

       

      Application Guard does nothing for, say, Chrome or Firefox or LibreOffice, etc.

      But it can:

      Microsoft Defender Application Guard Extension is a web browser add-on available for Chrome and Firefox.

      Microsoft Defender Application Guard provides Hyper-V isolation on Windows 10, to protect users from potentially harmful content on the web. The extension helps Application Guard protect users running other web browsers.

      Microsoft Defender Application Guard Extension

       

      It takes only a moment to activate Application Guard.

      The reboot is the last step. There’s nothing else to do except to enjoy being a skosh better protected than before.

      Does Application Guard do anything for Microsoft Edge without “New Application Guard Window” being selected (unless enterprise trusted sites are provided via group policy)?

      Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1288 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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      I enabled Application guard for Edge. I have Win 10 Pro, no Office applications.
      I found that when you use Edge with Application Guard, you cannot use your VPN, so we stopped using Application Guard. You can have more security with Application Guard, or privacy with VPN but not both.

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      By the way: Microsoft is currently changing its offerings for nonprofit agencies. Here in the US, for example, Microsoft is steering nonprofits toward free or deeply discounted cloud-based versions of Windows and Office — Microsoft 365 and Office 365. (See Compare Microsoft 365 and Office 365 offers for nonprofits.)

      Only Office is mentioned there, not Windows.

      Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1288 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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