Microsoft adds new 'password less' sign-in option to latest Windows 10

Kelley Robertson
July 13, 2019

Microsoft is continuing to roll out new Windows 10 20H1 test builds with incremental new features on a regular basis.

The company is also rolling out updated firmware for Insiders with Surface devices that expands the availability of the Your Phone app's phone screen mirroring feature to more devices.

By enabling this option, users will switch their Microsoft accounts on Windows 10 device. "We truly appreciate all the time and passion you've put into Microsoft Internet Games", they said".

Back in 2015, Microsoft announced Windows Hello, its biometric authentication solution, as well as "Passport", which was a solution for logging in to third-party apps and websites without a password (or biometric authentication). In doing so, the company completely ignored one of the most basic principles of customer service: Forcing someone to use your product in the way you prefer but they loathe has long-term consequences. If Microsoft, Apple, and Google have their way then we'll be using our eyes, fingers, or physical keys that we posses to get into our accounts and devices instead of passwords. Here there is an option of "make your device passwordless" and users just have to turn it on to go passwordless. Windows 10 stores your private key on a device with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which is a secure chip that keeps a PIN local to your device only.

Some users who signed up for "security-only" updates for Windows 7 have taken to Twitter and even emailed journalists to voice their suspicions after noticing the inclusion of something called the Compatibility Appraiser tool into KB4507456 patch.

Also, Microsoft has rolled out a new set of admin capabilities in the Azure AD Portal, which will let you manage the authentication factors for the people in your organizations. Or another example of Microsoft not paying attention to the fact that a sizeable minority of Windows users want to remain in control of what happens on their computers?

In order to try out these new capabilities you would need a FIDO2-compatible security key.

There's also a new way to add an event or reminder by simply going to the calendar flyout from the taskbar - you'll now see a new text box where you can type in your events and reminders on the fly. We may not require a password manager or we will not have to avoid reusing passwords.

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