Changelog

Check the release notes for Deskman.

10.0.751, March 9, 2021

This is a brand new version, with a new architecture under the hood, new user interface, tons of improvements and many changes.

New
  • Completely new architecture, built for speed, ready for the future
  • Brand new UI, modernized, designed for usability, safety and future updates
  • New restriction to log off users when idle
  • New restriction to block ability to change apps, shut down or sign out on Start Menu
  • Exclude users from restrictions
  • Weekly data backup option
  • Current log view can be exported to csv
  • Protect user accounts with 2-factor authentication
  • Kill processes from the dashboard
  • Remove installations from the syncing list
  • Deny/permit applications from the UI
  • Import domains from file
  • Add up to 20 user accounts
  • Light theme
  • Designed and optimized for Windows 10
Improved
  • Improved performance on all fronts
  • Greatly optimized memory and cpu usage
  • The dashboard now shows processes and more critical information
  • Logs are optimized, more detailed and standardized
  • The Custom Start Menu is more responsive, with better configuration options
  • Syncing is faster, consistent, optimized for high data transfer
  • Streamlined Sync UI with better feedback
Changed
  • Start Menu restrictions moved to Start Menu tab
  • Lock PC when idle moved to Desktop tab
  • License moved to its own section
  • Diagnostics moved to Export data in Settings
  • Profiles renamed to Presets
  • Account renamed to Profile
  • Control Center renamed to Sync
  • Sync Hub renamed to Syncing Bridge
  • Default suspension hotkey is now ctrl-shift-0
Deprecated
  • Ability to take desktop snapshots
  • Internet Explorer support
  • Windows 7 support
  • 32bit support
  • Accept weak password option
  • Store logs option, substituted for automatic weekly backup option
  • Brand option
  • Proxy server option
  • Language option
  • Disable left mouse button restriction
  • Internet Explorer kiosk mode restriction
  • Hotkey selection, now limited to a predefined list
  • Web analyze option
  • Resync option
  • Startup section
  • Log off from Sync
Fixed
  • Fixed bug that prevented Custom Start Menu application icons from being shown properly under certain screen resolutions

9.0.7720.34769, February 22, 2021

  • Fixed bug when parsing unusually high volumes of logs

9.0.7660.34402, January 4, 2021

  • Improved Alt-Tab restriction to block also Ctrl-Alt-Tab
  • Fixed issue on notifications that would not show the icon properly
  • Fixed issue when restricting access to web browsers that would block new tabs on Google Chrome
  • Fixed issue that prevented "Restrict access to settings on web browsers" from working properly on Firefox
  • Fixed issue when disabling the task view button

9.0.7539.44419, August 24, 2020

  • Fixed issue that could misconfigure the proxy server on Windows 10

9.0.7499.31923, July 21, 2020

  • Fixed bug when blocking access to settings on recent Edge versions
  • Memory usage optimizations

9.0.7437.37138, May 17, 2020

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

New
  • Added system restriction to lock the PC when user's idle for X minutes
  • Added system restriction to block access to option menus on web browsers
  • Added option to extract a data backup, including logs, from Settings
  • Added ability to set the session timeout from Settings
  • Added full support for the new Microsoft Edge
Improved
  • Added support for native notifications on Windows 10
  • Added option to Lock PC in Custom Start Menu
  • Activity log keeps track of locked/unlocked PCs
  • Activity log now shows parent process when blocking apps
  • "Hide action center" reinforced and renamed to "Disable action center"
  • "Disable context menu on File Explorer and desktop" now also applies to open/save dialog boxes
  • "Disable top menus and ribbon on File Explorer" now also applies to open/save dialog boxes
  • "Disable navigation pane on File Explorer" now also applies to open/save dialog boxes
  • Tweaked license section in Settings
Changed
  • Instead of starting/stopping maintenance, restrictions can now be suspended/resumed, same functionality
  • Default session timeout set to 30 minutes
  • Reorganized restrictions in System, for clarity
  • "Disable search and run and Cortana" renamed to "Disable search and run on the Start Menu"
  • Executables signed with new certificate
  • Revised documentation
  • Multiple minor changes
Fixed
  • Fixed password issue with certain unicode characters
  • Fixed profile and group issue with certain unicode characters
  • Multiple minor fixes

8.0.7306.34492, January 6, 2020

  • Revised confirmation panels for improved legibility
  • Fixed bug that allowed sync to be turned on unnecessarily
  • Fixed issue that caused custom Start Menu to be closed without interaction
  • Added Firefox and Microsoft Edge kiosk mode options in custom Start Menu
  • Updated documentation
  • Other minor changes and fixes

8.0.7248.63420, November 8, 2019

  • Improved support for Windows 7 and Windows 10 when using language packs
  • CPU/memory bars return to the dashboard, optimized and documented
  • Other minor changes

8.0.7177.61561, August 30, 2019

  • Restricting access to settings on Firefox and Chrome is now tighter, also blocking DevTools and Incognito Mode
  • Winkey restriction tweaked to avoid potential glitches and improve effectiveness
  • Added initial support for new version of Microsoft Edge (Chromium)
  • Fixed bug when changing passwords from Account
  • Updated diagnostics
  • Updated documentation

8.0.7072.31961, May 25, 2019

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

New
  • 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
Improved
  • 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
Changed
  • "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
Fixed
  • Fixed issue when manually resyncing that would not sync restrictions
  • Fixed issue when changing interface language
  • Other minor fixes

7.0.6922.41265, December 17, 2018

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Updated internal diagnostics

7.0.6884.38917, November 12, 2018

  • 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

7.0.6857.35216, October 23, 2018

  • 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

7.0.6731.36411, June 9, 2018

  • 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

7.0.6697.38032, May 3, 2018

  • Fixed uncommon Start Menu bug that could disable space and enter
  • Other minor fixes

7.0.6667.43391, April 15, 2018

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

New
  • 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
Improved
  • 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
Changed
  • 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
Fixed
  • 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

6.0.6532.41690, December 15, 2017

  • Improved diagnostics
  • Disabling F10 now also disables Shift-F10 menus
  • Better data integrity protection and restoration
  • Multiple internal memory optimizations

6.0.6458.37565, September 9, 2017

  • 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

6.0.6409.36084, July 20, 2017

  • Added support for unicode-based domains in web filter
  • Fixed bug when checking credentials on domain-based users
  • Minor UI fixes
  • Updated documentation

6.0.6382.39496, June 28, 2017

  • 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

6.0.6339.59966, May 15, 2017

  • Improved restriction when disabling winkey+g and other combinations
  • Improved restriction when disabling ctrl key with combinations
  • Removed ineffective option to block system dialogs

6.0.6313.33352, April 22, 2017

  • Fixed license registration bug under restrictive network settings
  • Tweaked default service recovery setup
  • Updated documentation
  • Other minor changes

6.0, February 12, 2017

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

  • 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

5.2.6241.34890, February 12, 2017

  • Fixed custom Start Menu startup glitch
  • Fixed potentially critical bug when loading logs at startup
  • Improved license validation

5.2.6096.43214, September 14, 2016

  • Updated setup and executables, supporting Microsoft's signing requirements for 2017
  • Updated filter exception list, allowing Windows Update

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