One month after the last update to the live versions of the app, Microsoft has boosted Microsoft Authenticator on a beta level, bringing the version numbers to 5.0.0 on iOS and 6.0.2 on Android. The latest beta update features a sign-in option that allows its users to directly access their Microsoft accounts using their phones.
Microsoft Authenticator’s new beta update gives users the option to log-in, choose the option ‘use an app instead’ and enable the new feature by providing their password, PIN or fingertip setup on their phone. After successful validation users can choose ‘enable phone sign-in’ from a dropdown menu and connect their Microsoft account to their mobile device.
Microsoft Authenticator users that add a new Microsoft account will have the feature enabled automatically.
What is Microsoft Authenticator?
Some users may already be using the old Microsoft’s Azure Authenticator app and will be somewhat familiar with the product. Upon signing into your Azure or Microsoft account, you’ll have the option to verify the login with a different device.
Most services do this by asking for a code that’s displayed on your phone. This is the method that Microsoft previously used, but there is a significant change in this version.
Rather than that arduous process, you can now verify with a single tap. Here’s a quick rundown of the major new features:
- “User experience refresh. We’ve made the app experience incredibly simple while maintaining the highest level of security.Best in breed MFA experience through one-click push notifications. You only need to click the “approve” button in the notification to complete your login. (And in most cases, you won’t even need to open the app to complete the approval.)
- Support for wearables. You can use an Apple Watch or Samsung Gear device to approve MFA challenges.
- Finger prints instead of passcodes. We’ve added support finger print based approvals on both iPhone and Android.
- Certificate based authentication. Support for enterprise customers to sign in through certificates instead of passwords.”