Microsoft has rolled out its latest Windows 10 20H1 preview build to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring. This week, Windows 10 Build 18936 landed on the test branch and makes an important authentication change.
A new ability to “Make your device passwordless” has been added as a sing-in options in the Windows Settings app. Insiders can head to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in to see the new options, which allows users to switch Microsoft Account logins to Fingerprint, PIN only, or Windows Hello Face recognition.
Microsoft says the feature is currently only available to a “small portion” of Windows Insiders. More users will receive the functionality in a week’s time.
Tech giants are starting to turn away from passwords and users should follow them on the adventure. Not least because most people don’t take password safety seriously. Many users either utilize the same password across service or have a password that is too easy to guess.
To accompany its passwordless tools in Windows, Microsoft has launched a public preview of FIDO2 security keys for Azure Active Directory. Users can leverage the tool to provide FIDO2 security key authentication for users at scale.
Windows 10 20H1 Build 18936
Microsoft also made some other changes with its latest Windows 10 20H1 preview. For example, the company added a new Taskbar tool that allows users to add a quick event. This can be achieved by clicking the date icon on the taskbar, which will bring out the calendar for choosing an event.
Elsewhere, the update received a new Your Phone feature, expanding on an update for service earlier this month. Now, the company says Your Phone is availability of the phone screen feature has been expanded to the Surface Laptop, Laptop 2, Surface Pro 4, 5, and 6, and the Surface Book and Surface Book 2.