Sophos announced that the Sandboxie Windows utility, which allows you to run any application in a secure sandbox, is now completely free for users, and its source code will be open in the near future. Previously, this solution was fully available only under commercial license.
The developers admit that Sandboxie was never an important part of the company's portfolio, and at first they wanted to stop developing the application, since it was the simplest and cheapest solution to the problem. However, Sophos representatives say they loved the technology and the Sandboxie community too much, and in the end it was decided to make the utility open to everyone.
Let me remind you that the utility was created back in 2004 and initially only supported Internet Explorer (IE), hence the name SandboxIE. The idea was to place the browser in an isolated environment where the application could be launched separately from the rest of the operating system and related applications. The project quickly gained popularity and in 2013 was sold by the developer to Invincea, which Sophos eventually absorbed.
Sandboxie is now available for free download from official site. In the near future, Sophos promises to fully open the source code of the project, but Sophos has not yet announced the exact dates when this happens.