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Microsoft’s “Windows Hello” spells the end of passwords, will let you sign in using your finger or face

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An increasing number of companies are working towards eliminating the concept of passwords, and Microsoft is the latest to put its hat in the ring. The ZDNet reports that Windows 10 is all set to support biometric authentication which will let users login to the Windows system by scanning their fingerprints, retina or face.The Redmond-based company likes to call the feature Windows Hello and it will be supported on on Windows 10. The much awaited Windows 10 operating system is expected to be released sometime this summer. The feature will offer enterprise-grade security, which should be good enough for multinational companies and governmental agencies. Also Read - Xiaomi shares details about the Windows 10-like ‘Sound Assistant’ on MIUI 12; Everything we know

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[A] combination of special hardware and software [will be used] to accurately verify it is you, not a picture of you or someone trying to impersonate you, Microsoft said. The cameras use infrared technology to identify your face or iris and can recognize you in a variety of lighting conditions. Also Read - Microsoft rolls out Chromium-based Edge browser with new update

As of now majority of users are still dependent on gaining access to their system by punching in the password and this can get cumbersome at times owing to the frequent number of lock-unlock cycles. Apple addressed this problem by introducing the Touch IDsystem in the iPhone and Windows 8 had introduced a new method of unlocking the system by just setting up a pattern over the picture somewhat similar to how the pattern unlock feature works in Android phones.

Microsoft also revealed that all Windows 10 smartphones even from partner OEMs will have in-built Windows Hello feature. OEM systems incorporating Intel s RealSense 3D Camera (F200) will support the facial and iris unlock features of Windows Hello, including automatic sign-in to Windows, and support to unlock Passport without the need for a PIN, the company said.

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  • Published Date: March 18, 2015 5:15 PM IST
  • Updated Date: March 18, 2015 6:53 PM IST



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