|Microsoft Wants To Put An End To Passwords Once And For All |
Microsoft plans to make passwords obsolete starting off with the Windows 10 S, the next beta release version of which will not require the aging security tool anymore.
When the Windows 10 S becomes official, there will be no default requirement for passwords during installation setup of the operating system. The plan is in accordance with Microsoft's long-term goal of eventually bumping off the use of the traditional security codes in favor of fresher measures.
Instead of passwords, the Windows maker is ramping up on the use of biometric-based authenticators, facial scanning, and fingerprint sensor to protect users of the 10 S, the implementation of which is likely to extend the regular Windows 10 OS version soon.
Also, the tech firm will reportedly integrate mobile authentication and FIDO keys with its OS. The former involves the use of apps that generate one-time use of pass codes, and the latter allows the use of secured USB drive for verification. It's unclear, however, when the alternatives to the passwords will be formally rolled out by Microsoft.
It appears Microsoft is convinced passwords have long outlived their usefulness. The company, in fact, has been gradually turning away from passwords, the most telling sign of its intent was the introduction of facial recognition on Windows 10 a few years back.
With Windows 10 S, Microsoft has made clear that use of passwords will be relegated to just an option, and the move seems to point to a future where passwords will be no more.
"This relic from the early days of computing has long outlived its usefulness, and certainly, its ability to keep criminals at bay," the company declared in a recent blog post.
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