Microsoft Ditches Passwords In New Version Of Windows 10 – MICROSOFT IS testing a version of Windows that does away with conventional passwords altogether. Windows S, which was recently turned from a fully fledged OS to a Windows 10 mode, is planning to leverage the advances in alternatives to traditional passwords which abound in Windows 10 under the Windows Hello banner, to make the experience more secure.
With Windows 10, Microsoft has invested heavily in the field of security and access control to its operating system. There are several measures applied. The latest build dedicated to the Insiders now brings a unique novelty: Windows will abandon the passwords. However, this new feature is, for now, limited to Windows 10 S only.
The insider builds usually bring new features that Windows 10 will debut later. In these, all the features can be tested that are going to be released and that should, therefore, be tested. Options in Build 17093 include mobile authentication, where a one-use code is generated by an app, and FIDO keys, such as those made my Yubico which allow a USB device to act as authentication. Biometric options include facial recognition and fingerprint scanning.
If the experiment is successful it may well end up on full versions of Windows too.
Microsoft is one of many companies that have been pushing to move into a ‘post password age’. We’re all advised that we have to remember hundreds of passwords and make them all different in order to be completely secure. It’s just not feasible, and so alternatives are constantly being sought.
Retina scanning is some way off, but add-on fingerprint scanners are becoming more common for devices that don’t have them built in.
FIDO keys are an agreed standard that is rolling out to many sites across the web. They can be bought as USB A, USB C and thumbnails for permanent insertion (fnar). They can also be used with NFC for mobile.
Other new features in this Build include an HDR calibration tool to improve compatibility in more displays, a more honed eye control experience for those who struggle to use a mouse, an update Game bar that improves access to your recordings and toggle your webcam and mic.
Bluetooth has been debugged, there’s a full-screen mode for the Edge browser if you like that sort of thing, and predictive text can now cope with multiple languages.
A Windows 10 without passwords
The end of passwords and the use of other authentication mechanisms, simpler and, at the same time, more secure as well. All those who have Hello configured will no longer be able to unblock the machine with a password.
The tech giant Microsoft’s own Authenticator application or other biometric mechanisms will be enough to allow you to access Windows 10 or any other area that requires user authentication.
Windows Hello is now the centre of endorsements
But, the tech Microsoft wants to go further and removed the passwords from all over Windows. Even within the definitions, there is no reference to the option for an authentication using passwords.
With this change, everything is focused on what the tech giant Microsoft’s Windows Hello has to offer, from facial recognition to the use of the PIN to unlock.
This is the tech giant Microsoft’s first step toward removing passwords, delegating biometric sensors to all authentication processes. For now, it is only available in the tech giant Microsoft’s Windows 10 S only, but will probably be extended to the remaining versions, depending on the membership you have.