Microsoft kills off passwords with Authenticator's new phone logins
20 April, 2017, 09:02 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
With this feature the app gain the ability to sign into your Microsoft Accounts with just a phone.
In some cases the app will produce an eight-digit password for the authentication.
Microsoft believes that the new method is "easier" than two-step verification and much more secure than traditional passwords.
Alex Simons, director of program management at Microsoft's Identity Division argues the new feature is superior to standard two-step verification and much better than relying on exclusively on passwords, which can be forgotten, phished, or compromised. However, by eliminating passwords entirely, Microsoft is actually making the barrier to logins even shorter, for better or worse.
"Windows Phone makes up less than 5% of the active users of our Authenticator Apps so we have prioritised getting this working with iOS and Android for now".
Windows 10 users already have a bevvie of options for signing in, including fingerprint, biometric, face recognition, PIN code, and FIDO key, courtesy of Windows Hello, the company's ongoing quest to find an alternative to passwords. "Either way, we'll remember your preferences next time you sign in". They just need to tap "approve" and the logging in process is complete.
Microsoft's war on the password continues with a handy addition to the Microsoft Authenticator app for Android and iOS. When a user goes to sign into a Microsoft accounts property they'll be prompted on their device. However, one glaring omission was feature support for Microsoft's own Windows Phone operating systems.
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"A link at the bottom of the confirmation page lets you choose to use a password instead if your phone isn't handy, or you can switch back from your password to the Microsoft Authenticator", the post said.
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