Microsoft to design a two-way firewall for Windows Vista

Windows Vista Logo The Windows Vista operating system will be incorporated with a new, highly configurable firewall, thanks to all the efforts by Microsoft. The OS is developed to give system administrators much greater control over which applications are allowed to run on the systems they manage.

After over a month of testing by Microsoft’s Community Technology Preview (CTP) users, the new firewall is now very much on track to be in the final Vista release late 2006, and the company is contemplating over including a similar feature for its consumer users, said Austin Wilson, a director in Microsoft’s Windows Client group.

The new firewall is called two-way because it filters both incoming as well as outgoing network traffic. In other words, it can be used to block machines that are trying to connect to a Vista PC as well as applications on the PC that are trying to connect to other systems on the network.

Wilson said that blocking outgoing traffic in this manner will give powerful options to Vista administrators. With the help of the firewall, administrators could, for example, ensure that their PCs use only a preferred instant messaging application. He said, If you tried a different instant messaging application, then it would be blocked. Adding, It’s really something that we’re targeting toward enterprise administrators in corporations.