Microsoft confirmed Thursday that it plans to turn off half the firewall in Windows Vista when the new operating system ships later this year because it doesn't think most users need all the firewall's functionality or can handle its management.
Although Vista's firewall will ship with both in- and outbound
filtering capabilities, the latter will be disabled by default.
Corporate users, however, can turn on outbound if they wish.
"Inbound filtering is on by default
and outbound filtering for applications is configurable by enterprise
administrators through Group Policy," said a Microsoft spokesperson.