By CNET News.com Staff, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 28, 2005, 11:38 AM PT
Microsoft on Tuesday announced a bouquet of four software products targeting schools.
The offerings include a beta version of the Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP, designed for computers being used in school computer labs, public libraries, Internet cafes or other shared locations. The software allows administrators to add safety features to those types of systems, which are often more vulnerable to spyware and viruses.
For example, new Windows Disk Protection technology tracks changes made by users and restores the computer to its original state after people log off, discarding their changes. Also, a restrictions tool on Shared Computer Toolkit lets administrators decide what people can do on a PC. Access to drives and system utilities such as the control panel, command prompt and registry editor can be blocked, for example. Although this software is not designed for IT pros, it likely will help them as well, according to Microsoft.
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