Microsoft Removes Private Folders

It looks like Microsoft Private Folders didn’t last very long. In fact it only lasted about a week because of complaints from corporations. CNet received a statement from Microsoft that said

We received feedback about concerns around manageability, data recovery and encryption, and based on that feedback, we are removing the application today. This change will take effect shortly.




IT professionals were trying to figure out how they would be able to recover information for users that forgot their password or couldn’t find their files that were supposed to be in the “Private Folder”. While this software is seen as beneficial to users because of the protection that it provides it can also be an easy way for users to get locked out of their own data.

I have a feeling that Microsoft will release the software again sometime but with the ability for corporations to block users from installing Private Folders. So there is just a little fine tuning needed but hopefully Microsoft isn’t going to throw in the towel.