A new version of the Microsoft Authenticator app will be released for all mobile app stores on August 15, including for Windows 10 Mobile. The app will support signing into consumer Microsoft accounts along with enterprise Azure AD accounts. Microsoft has offered a beta of the Windows 10 Mobile version of the app for some time.
In a blog post, Microsoft said the actual update will be to the Azure Authenticator app. If you use the current Android Microsoft Authenticator app, you will be instructed to download the new app on August 15. Here's the breakdown of what will be included:
- 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.
The blog post adds that once the app is officially released, updates will be released more rapidly from then on.