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May 25, 2019 — Deskman 8.0.7072.31961

This is a new major release, adding new features, improvements and bug fixes.

New features
  • Profiles, to help you manage multiple configurations
  • User accounts, to help you create multiple permission-based accounts
  • New restriction to disable media keys
  • New restriction to disable edge swiping using touch
  • New restriction to disable Quick access on File Explorer
  • New restriction to remove special folders from This PC
  • Health check endpoint for monitoring
  • Support for latest Windows 10 release
Improvements
  • Group feature moved to the control center with improved functionality
  • Revised control center interface, now showing version, host and status icons and syncing group option
  • Activity log now shows more entries, specific usernames instead of generics and multiple format and/or language corrections
  • Sync response generally improved, particularly when changing groups
  • Custom Start Menu button functionality improved
  • Reinforced restriction "Disable top menus and ribbon on File Explorer", which now hides the ribbon when possible
  • Reinforced restriction "Disallow making changes to the Start Menu", which now works better on Windows 10 tiles
  • Reinforced restriction "Disable task view", which now blocks the button and the task view screen
  • Updated internal data folder permissions, for increased security
  • Improved support for Windows in Portuguese, French and Japanese
  • Revamped interface, with new style, fonts and tons of small changes while keeping the same functionality
Changes
  • "Protect desktop files from tampering" renamed to "Disable ability to edit or delete desktop files", for clarity
  • "Disable access to All Programs list" renamed to "Hide list of installed apps in Start Menu", for clarity
  • "Disable task view button" renamed to "Disable task view", for clarity
  • Activity log now shows license number on licensed copies
  • Revised login, removing outdated "remember me" option and updating session time
  • Revised documentation
  • Revised internal diagnostics
  • Other minor changes
Bug fixes
  • Fixed issue when manually resyncing that would not sync restrictions
  • Fixed issue when changing interface language
  • Other minor fixes

December 17, 2018 — Deskman 7.0.6922.41265
  • Minor bug fixes
  • Updated internal diagnostics

November 12, 2018 — Deskman 7.0.6884.38917
  • New restriction to disable the notification area, leaving elements visible but protected
  • Excessive consecutive login attempts are now detected and tracked in the activity log
  • "Disable taskbar context menu" option renamed "Disable taskbar settings menu"
  • Revised documentation
  • Other minor changes

October 23, 2018 — Deskman 7.0.6857.35216
  • Optimized memory and network usage when sync is disabled
  • Optimized memory usage on helper module
  • Improved internal data file management
  • Updated setup with high DPI support
  • Updated docs
  • Updated diagnostics
  • Other minor changes and fixes

June 9, 2018 — Deskman 7.0.6731.36411
  • Fixed bug that blocked access to event.log
  • Disabling Ctrl now also disables Ctrl-Esc
  • Improved support for non-English languages when disabling Cortana and Activity Center
  • Other minor changes

May 3, 2018 — Deskman 7.0.6697.38032
  • Fixed uncommon Start Menu bug that could disable space and enter
  • Other minor fixes

April 15, 2018 — Deskman 7.0.6667.43391

This is a new major release, adding new features, improvements and bug fixes.

New features
  • Single sign-on support
  • Revamped dashboard, with more clarity and less clutter
  • New restriction to block mail account settings on Windows 10
  • New restriction to disable writing to USB drives
  • New restriction to disable the backspace key
  • New restriction to disable the task view button on Windows 10
  • New restriction to disable navigation pane on File Explorer
  • Ability to view last logon time on the dashboard
  • Ability to log off, restart and shut down multiple installations from the control center
  • Latest Windows 10 release supported
Improvements
  • Improved support for Windows in Chinese, Japanese and Hindi
  • Stronger internal control over interface usage permissions
  • Optimized internal tasks to reduce CPU usage, specially on low security levels
  • Reinforced restriction "Disable context menu on File Explorer and desktop", which now also blocks the Organize menu in Save As/Open dialogs
  • Reinforced restriction "Disable access to drives on File Explorer", which now also hides disabled drives
  • Reinforced restriction "Restrict access to settings on Firefox, Chrome and IE", which now also blocks file:/// and works on private mode
  • Reinforced restriction "Disallow making changes to the Star Menu", which now also blocks the right-click menu on Windows 10 tiles
  • Reinforced restriction "Disable top menus and ribbon on File Explorer", which now works much faster
  • Reinforced restriction "Disable Control Panel and Settings", which now also blocks access to the Windows Defender Security Center
  • Reinforced restriction "Hide the desktop", which now is more persistent and compatible
  • Optimized safe task manager, limiting CPU usage
  • Disabling copy & paste now also disables secondary keys: Ctrl-Ins and Shift-Ins
Changes
  • Removed default presets
  • License registration now available from Help menu in Settings
  • Import/Export buttons moved to Tools menu in Restrictions
  • App key renamed as Menu in Restrictions
  • Revised documentation
  • Other minor changes
Bug fixes
  • Fixed login bug when using non-latin characters as password
  • Fixed interface issue when trying to save settings with errors
  • Fixed bug when analyzing unicode domains

December 15, 2017 — Deskman 6.0.6532.41690
  • Improved diagnostics
  • Disabling F10 now also disables Shift-F10 menus
  • Better data integrity protection and restoration
  • Multiple internal memory optimizations

September 9, 2017 — Deskman 6.0.6458.37565
  • New version notification on dashboard
  • Pressing hotkey during maintenance stops maintenance, after 1 minute buffer
  • Activity log tweaks and fixes
  • Support for recent Windows 10 updates
  • Improved IE11 compatibility
  • Minor bug fixes

July 20, 2017 — Deskman 6.0.6409.36084
  • Added support for unicode-based domains in web filter
  • Fixed bug when checking credentials on domain-based users
  • Minor UI fixes
  • Updated documentation

June 28, 2017 — Deskman 6.0.6382.39496
  • Option to disable access to All Programs in Start menu now also works on Windows 10
  • Fixed bug in web filter when entering domains in uppercase
  • Fixed user interface disarray on certain resolutions
  • Revised documentation
  • Other minor changes

May 15, 2017 — Deskman 6.0.6339.59966
  • Improved restriction when disabling winkey+g and other combinations
  • Improved restriction when disabling ctrl key with combinations
  • Removed ineffective option to block system dialogs

April 22, 2017 — Deskman 6.0.6313.33352
  • Fixed license registration bug under restrictive network settings
  • Tweaked default service recovery setup
  • Updated documentation
  • Other minor changes

February 12, 2017 — Deskman 6
  • Revamped user interface
  • Guest user account
  • Sync hub, allowing syncing from external networks
  • Startup section
  • New restriction: disable control key combinations
  • New restriction: block administration tools
  • New restriction: block open, save and confirm windows
  • Custom Start Menu is now fully configurable, multiple shutdown options allowed
  • Simplified safe task manager option
  • Improved activity log with restriction details and exporting
  • Improved licensing system
  • Improved emergency code security and validation
  • Revised: presets
  • Revised: disabling delete no longer disables backspace
  • Revised: IE kiosk mode no longer disables multiple hotkeys
  • Moved Start Menu restrictions back to Desktop
  • Added deployment option in setup
  • Added option to store logs
  • Added support for latest Firefox and Chrome versions
  • Deprecated: keep always running option
  • Deprecated: boot to desktop on Windows 8.1
  • Fixed custom Start Menu startup glitch
  • Fixed uninstallation issue that prevented full removal
  • Fixed potentially critical bug when loading logs at startup
  • And many minor fixes, tweaks and improvements

February 12, 2017 — Deskman Network 5.2.6241.34890
  • Fixed custom Start Menu startup glitch
  • Fixed potentially critical bug when loading logs at startup
  • Improved license validation

September 14, 2016 — Deskman Network 5.2.6096.43214
  • Updated setup and executables, supporting Microsoft's signing requirements for 2017
  • Updated filter exception list, allowing Windows Update

September 14, 2016 — Deskman Classic 16.1.2
  • Updated setup and executables, supporting Microsoft's signing requirements for 2017

May 12, 2016 — Deskman Network 5.1.5969.34918
  • Fast startup on non-administrator accounts
  • Fixed potential security issue

March 21, 2016 — Deskman Classic 16.1.1
  • Updated documentation
  • Minor tweaks

March 6, 2016 — Deskman Network 5.0
  • Brand new web filter, better and easier to use
  • New custom Start Menu section
  • New maintenance hotkey
  • New option to hide action center and Windows 10 notifications
  • Ability to activate maintenance from control center
  • Revamped dashboard with fast access to shut down options
  • Multiple tweaks on Windows 10
  • Organization is now shown, if present, when blocking webs or apps
  • Multiple advanced configuration options
  • Unified sync status on control center
  • Multiple internal optimizations on the application filter
  • Better high-dpi screen support
  • Improved and simplified management on control center
  • Revised notification system
  • Simplified confirmation and information dialogs
  • Revised documentation
  • Less CPU usage
  • And tons of minor fixes, tweaks and improvements

November 1, 2015 — Deskman Classic 16.1
  • Added option to disable Alt Gr
  • Signed uninstallation module
  • Revised documentation
  • And other minor changes.

November 1, 2015 — Deskman Network 4.2
  • Added option to disable Alt Gr
  • Updated documentation

September 26, 2015 — Deskman Network 4.1.5743.60310
  • Fixed random license validation issue

August 17, 2015 — Deskman Network 4.1.5704.32922
  • Signed uninstallation
  • Improved license validation

July 18, 2015 — Deskman Network 4.1
  • Windows 10 support
  • Applying restrictions manoeuvre improved
  • New restriction to disable Windows Explorer bars, menus and ribbon
  • Web filter improvements on multiple languages
  • Fixed bug when syncing for the first time
  • Fixed user notification bug when closing system tools
  • Fixed login bug on Safari/iPhone
  • Improved maintenance timer message
  • Improved application blocking
  • Improved activity logs with application paths
  • Improved unattended installation
  • Improved support for high resolution desktops
  • Multiple usability tweaks
  • Revised documentation
  • And multiple minor changes and fixes.

July 18, 2015 — Deskman Classic 16.0
  • Windows 10 support
  • Safe Start Menu now works on all platforms
  • Application blocking now accepts folders
  • Applying restrictions manoeuvre improved
  • New restriction to disable the camera
  • New restriction to block browser settings
  • New restriction to disable Windows Explorer bars and menus
  • Hiding desktop icons improved on Windows 8
  • Autorun parsing improved
  • Multiple user interface tweaks and fixes
  • New notification window
  • Revised autologon setting for security reasons
  • Web filter improvements on multiple languages
  • Revised included presets
  • Improved startup security checks
  • Fixed autorun bug
  • Tons of tweaks, bug fixes and small improvements.

February 23, 2015 — Deskman Network 4.0
  • Vastly improved user interface
  • Restrictions are applied without logging off
  • Improved control center with better synchronization
  • Improved login with updated encryption
  • New Activity section, with search capabilities
  • New integrity check to detect tampering
  • Improved import/export options
  • Ability to select language
  • Ability to password-protected maintenance on public dashboards
  • New preset to protect browsers
  • New restriction to block browser options
  • New restriction to activate Internet Explorer Kiosk Mode
  • New restriction to disable cameras
  • Ability to allow applications by entering folders
  • Ability to set unrestricted site as IE start page
  • Ability to redirect to unrestricted site
  • Strong password required by default
  • Fixed safe taskman reappearing issue
  • Ability to show organization when blocking sites
  • A more configurable safe task manager now blocks system tools by default
  • Improved end-of-evaluation status
  • New user notifications
  • IE8 no longer supported
  • Wallpaper option deprecated
  • CPU usage optimization
  • Improved autorun parsing
  • Optimized safe task manager
  • And tons of user interface improvements, internal fixes and tweaks.

January 7 2015 — Deskman 15.1.2
  • Fixed maintenance hotkey issue
  • Fixed bug when checking for updates
  • Fixed safe task manager appearing bug
  • And other minor changes and internal tweaks.

September 28 2014 — Deskman 15.1.1
  • Simplified importing option; use deploy to import everything
  • Fixed bug when importing profiles
  • And other minor changes

September 28 2014 — Deskman Network 3.0.1
  • Adjustments and optimizations
  • Minor bug fixes

June 7 2014 — Deskman 15.1
  • Disabling Start Menu now properly disables charm bars on Windows 8
  • Improved safe web keywords, now accepting wildcards
  • Safe Task Manager stops cmd.exe
  • And other minor changes and fixes.

May 31 2014 — Deskman Network 3.0
  • Brand new Control Center
  • New option to stop showing user notifications
  • New option to limit maintenance time, which will automatically expire, in case you forget
  • New option to allow dashboard access without logging in
  • Improved unrestricted sites
  • Improved safe web browsing keywords, now accepting wildcards
  • Faster startup
  • Ability to hibernate PC from dashboard
  • Ability to log off all user sessions from dashboard
  • New restriction to disable copy & paste
  • New restriction to set up a wallpaper
  • New dropdown menu to select profiles, import/export in the Restrictions page
  • Unrestricted sites are now made available on warnings
  • warning and error messages are now easier to understand
  • Workaround for delayed service startup issue on Windows XP
  • And tons of user interface tweaks, internal improvements and fixes.

March 10 2014 — Deskman Network 2.1
  • Faster startup
  • New security profiles: basic and advanced
  • Improved restriction to disable charm bar on Windows 8
  • And other bug fixes and tweaks

February 25 2014 — Deskman 15.0.2
  • Minor bug fixes

November 18 2013 — Deskman 15.0.1
  • Fixed startup bug on 32bit systems
  • Deskman process shielding
  • Other minor changes

October 21 2013 — Deskman 15
  • New Taskman tab
  • Ability to disable Ctrl-Alt-Del on all supported systems
  • Default hotkey changed: Ctrl-Shift-F12
  • Disabling USB drives also disables iPhone access
  • Updated default profiles
  • Ability to add custom logo to Safe Start Menu
  • Advanced hotkey configuration
  • Improved access to Deskman after elevation
  • Ability to view persistent/recommended restrictions
  • And tons of minor fixes and improvements
October 21 2013 — Deskman Network 2
  • Simplified synchronization
  • Ability to disable Ctrl-Alt-Del on all supported systems
  • Import/export restrictions
  • Generate safe links on desktop
  • Disabling USB drives also disables iPhone access
  • Boot to desktop on Windows 8.1
  • And other minor fixes

August 25 2013 — Deskman 14.1 & Deskman Network 1.2
  • Windows 8.1 support
  • Internet Explorer 11 support
  • Start Menu hiding improved
  • Bug fixes

July 14 2013 — Deskman 14.0.1
  • Minor bug fixes
  • Improved installation
  • Revised documentation

July 14 2013 — Deskman Network 1.1
  • Multiple log and sync interface tweaks
  • Improved synchronization
  • Improved installation
  • Fixed bug when enabling Safe Task Manager
  • Revised documentation
  • And other bug fixes and improvements

June 8 2013 — Deskman 14.0
  • Faster, smarter, lighter
  • Simplified user interface
  • Restrictions can be activated without logging off
  • Rewritten data file
  • Revised default security profiles
  • New clear button
  • New maintenance section
  • New taskbar icon menu
  • New notification system
  • New restriction for blocking Windows Explorer
  • New key restrictions
  • Freeze improved, renamed as Apps
  • Lock icons simplified, moved to Desktop section
  • Removed obsolete restrictions
  • Removed web interface
  • And tons of other minor changes, fixes and improvements.

April 14 2013 — Deskman 12.3.3
  • Fixed bug that would disable lock workstation when disabling winkeys
  • Fixed bug when executing icons via the safe task manager
  • Fixed desktop.ini bug on safe task manager
  • Renamed Login Name restriction to Manual Windows Login, for clarity
  • Improved safe web browsing on multiple languages
  • Improved uninstallation
  • And other minor fixes.

January 10 2013 — Deskman 12.3.2
  • Updated documentation

Oct 22 2012 — Deskman 12.3.1
  • Fixed bug in Autoplay restriction

Oct 9 2012 — Deskman 12.3
  • Ultra Kiosk Mode
  • Windows 8 support
  • Revamped Safe Start Menu
  • New Autorun implementation
  • Autorun moved to Settings
  • Revised web interface
  • Improved winkey restrictions
  • Optimized activation and start up
  • Firewall-friendly setup
  • And many fixes and improvements

Sept 05 2012 — Deskman 12.2.1
  • Ability to manually add freezed applications
  • Revised documentation
  • Minor bug fixes

July 16 2012 — Deskman 12.2
  • New feature: take desktop snapshots
  • Improved web filtering
  • Added support for Firefox 13 on safe web browsing
  • Fixed bug when selecting multiple peers
  • Fixed installation language issues
  • Updated documentation
  • And other tweaks and minor fixes

May 25 2012 — Deskman 12.1
  • New safe web browsing notification
  • Peers now include operating system
  • Improved password security
  • Improved feedback when sending tasks to tons of peers
  • Encrypted peer data file
  • Exported file now includes the host name
  • Fixed bug that would allow self peer to be added
  • Fixed bug that would permit access to standard peers
  • Updated documentation
  • And other tweaks and minor fixes

May 7 2012 — Deskman 12.0
  • Remote Deskman
  • Decentralized management
  • Heavily tweaked, simplified, interface
  • Fast deployment
  • Detailed logs
  • New dashboard
  • New system information
  • New tools
  • New Kiosk Mode
  • Safe Mode support
  • Default security profiles have been revamped, simplified
  • Faster startup
  • Improved installation
  • Simplified exceptions for administration
  • Implemented weak password warning
  • Ability to edit web browsing keywords
  • Ability to select user icons or common icons on safe taskman
  • And tons of minor changes, fixes and improvements

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