As Windows 10 gets increasingly more secure with each major security update, Microsoft is exploring ways to add more security features to the platform.
But many of those options have yet to come to fruition, so this week the company revealed two new approaches to securing your desktop.
First, Microsoft says it is developing a secure version of its Windows 10 desktop operating system called “DesktopSafe.”
The idea is that you’ll use the secure desktop to store personal data, like pictures, videos, music, and documents.
In the future, Microsoft wants to develop desktopSafe that would be used for more secure storage and services, such as email.
The company’s plan is to roll out the desktopSafe system sometime this year, Microsoft announced in a blog post published Wednesday.
The second approach, Microsoft said, is to develop a secure “Windows Server 2016 desktop” for use in servers and other devices that run the company’s enterprise-grade Windows.
In this version of Windows, Microsoft plans to provide a secure way to store and access data that users need to be protected from unauthorized access.
Microsoft has not yet announced the name of this desktop, but it says that it will provide the name in a future release.
The two approaches aren’t entirely new.
In March, Microsoft launched the DesktopSafe desktop system, which it said was built for use with Windows Server 2016.
The plan, Microsoft wrote, was to provide security features that could be “used to improve security and stability in Microsoft’s Windows Server platforms.”
Microsoft didn’t provide details about how the DesktopSafety system would be implemented.
Microsoft said it would release the secure DesktopSafe version of DesktopSafe sometime in the second half of 2018.
In addition to its desktopSafe, the company is working on a secure Server 2016 edition, which Microsoft said would offer “an enhanced version of the security features previously offered on Windows Server.”
The first DesktopSafe release is due to roll off the Windows Server side of its server stack by the end of 2019, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft said it plans to offer more secure desktop products for its customers, including one with a password-based authentication scheme that would provide “security through obscurity.”
The company also said it is working with hardware manufacturers to develop hardware that could provide secure connections to devices that don’t support secure authentication.