Microsoft thinks passwords are so yesterday; brings new authentication method

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When the Windows 10 S becomes official, there will be no default requirement for passwords during installation setup of the operating system.

In other words, folks running the normal (retail) version of Windows 10 will be able to play around with standalone preview versions of these apps, and test out their new features, without having to sign up and install the preview build of Windows 10.

The new system relies on the Authenticator app available on Android and iOS to make passwords look outdated. Microsoft Authenticator app is available for your mobile devices, it can be used to authorize a device for login and it basically replaces the traditional password authentication in the operating system. "You will notice that if you have Windows Hello set up, you won't see passwords anywhere in the Windows experience - not on the unlock screen nor in Sign-in options", Microsoft explains in a blog post.

The report stated that setting up the password-less experience requires users to correctly configure Windows Hello and the Authenticator app.

At least that's the word from Thurrott.com, which spotted that there is a new preview program available for the Camera, Photos, Alarm & Clock, Feedback Hub, Tips, and some other integrated Windows 10 apps.

Instead of remembering password, users mostly leave the door open for hackers to abuse.

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