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Microsoft To Pull Encrypted Folder Under Pressure

Microsoft has announced it will yank an encrypted folder add-on to Windows, citing concerns from customers after some enterprise users objected to the unsupported feature.

Two weeks ago, Microsoft released the password-protected "My Private Folder 1.0" as a bonus for users running the anti-piracy Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software. At the time it touted the encrypted folder as "a useful tool for you to protect your private data when your friends, colleagues, kids or other people share your PC or account."

Friday, a Microsoft representative said that the company was removing the application from its download site.

"We received feedback about concerns around manageability, data recovery and encryption," the spokesperson said. "Based on that feedback we are removing the application today. This change will take affect shortly."

As of Monday, however, My Private Folder's page was still active and the download link there offered up the 1.5MG file.

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