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1Password desktop app has been completely re-written and looks gorgeous on Windows 10

The Windows team over at Agile Bits has been working on version 6, re-writing the popular password storage and security solution to introduce some cool new features and bring the visual experience to life.

This latest release of 1Password is now available for Windows as a standalone app, and while it's a bummer that this isn't a UWP rollout, an update is still planned to be in the works for the Windows Store and we're pleased to see what progress has already been made.

The initial surprise when firing up 1Password 6 will be the new design, which looks stunning. One complaint I shared with many users of the suite was the old Windows apps were simply behind competitors when it came to the interface and user experience. The team has worked hard to address this with a cleaner, more sleek UI. A cool new addition is the Large Type, which displays saved passwords clearly on-screen without inducing eye strain. It simply looks fresh.

While the app redesign is a welcomed one, the team has opted to release 1Password 6 to Teams subscribers only for the time being. This is due to certain features not making the cut after the redesign and re-write. Support for standalone licenses is not yet available. Once support for standalone licenses is added in a future release, the team hopes to have a more complete 1Password experience available.

Working as a team

1Password 6

For those who will be able to access this release of 1Password, browser extensions are included and available, making it a breeze to access saved accounts without having to launch the software itself. The focus on 1Password Teams has led to the inclusion of even more secure encryption and some handy features like secure remote password. There's also the account key that fortifies the master password and makes it infeasible for any attacker to brute force.

As well as making sure security is absolute in version 6 of its Windows solution, Agile Bits also worked hard to perfect how everything looked both in the software and from the admin console. Vaults and teammates can be conveneiently managed from the console on the 1Password website, alongside permissions and the ability to govern just who can access a particular vault. 1Password will even remember item changes, just in case something is modified or deleted by mistake.

Some cool stuff here for teams of 1Password users. If you're rocking a standalone license but don't wish to wait for a future update, be sure to check out 1Password Teams (opens in new tab) for pricing and options to gain access to version 6 ahead of time. We'll be sure to let you all know once Agile Bits releases 1Password 6 to everyone.

We'll keep you posted on when the Windows 10 UWP version gets some love from Agile Bits. The company tells us they are leaving their old beta on the Store for now as they do have plans to revisit a proper Windows 10 UWP in the future.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

26 Comments
  • It looks pretty similar to enpass, but with better icons. I love Enpass Desktop, just hate the icons and IMO, the browser extensions are buggy, but I will still stay with Enpass. I switched from LastPass.
  • Me too
  • Too many switches doesn't guarantee your data privacy, IMO.
  • Ditto
  • Disclaimer: I'm the founder of AgileBits, the author of the announcment article Rich discussed in this post. As much focus as we placed on the design of the UI (I'll be sure to tell our designers you enjoyed their icons!), we poured even more time and energy into our security design as beauty must be much more than skin deep when it comes to password managers. I'm not going to bad mouth others but I invite you to review our White Paper and compare it to anyone else's.  Google for "1Password white paper" and you'll see what I mean.  Cheers! –Dave Teare
    AgileBits Founder
  • Edge support? If not in the Store, that sounds like it must not work with Edge, unless for the initial small release it requires side-loading? A little confused.
  • Hi @GraniteStateColin, My name is Alex, I work for AgileBits. Support for Microsoft Edge is something we'd love to offer in 1Password for Windows but for the time being it's not in the cards. There are meaningful technical and sensible security-related limitations put in place by Microsoft that need to be addressed before we can bring 1Password to Microsoft Edge. That holds true for the UWP version of 1Password that will be updated in the near future and the desktop app you can download and use right now. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers, Alex
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    Bearded Vulcan Support Technician @AgileBits website: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fcli...
    forum: https://discussions.agilebits.com
  • Always great when a developer responds to external forums to explain things. Thanks.
  • You're most welcome :) Cheers, Alex
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    Bearded Vulcan Support Technician @AgileBits website: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fcli...
    forum: https://discussions.agilebits.com
  • Thanks for responding, Alex! It's great to see your feedback right here on WindowsCentral. It is interesting that LastPass has a working extension for Edge (which works well). That would seem to indicate that it's at least technically possible to do it.
  • You're welcome! I read WindowsCentral regularly but rarely ever comment. LastPass's integration in Microsoft Edge is something else. Similar to their extensions in other browsers, their extension is a self-contained application that accesses the data stored in a user's LastPass account directly via the web. It's something we've been thinking about, as well, but it would be new territory and requires the development of a new class or 1Password application. For the time being our focus is 1Password 6 and working with Microsoft on finding a way to have a Microsoft Edge extension talk to the local app. Cheers, Alex
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    Bearded Vulcan Support Technician @AgileBits website: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fcli...
    forum: https://discussions.agilebits.com  
  • Alex, it would be nice to be able to have extensions that can interract with local apps for a variety of reasons. I hope you are successful in working with Microsoft to make that happen.
  • We're hoping to bring the Auto-Type feature from 1Password 4 to 1Password 6 at some point in the future. Same goes for Microsoft Edge support. Thank you for your comments! Cheers, Alex
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    Bearded Vulcan Support Technician @AgileBits website: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fcli...
    forum: https://discussions.agilebits.com  
  • Onelocker by Sergio is one of the best UWP password managers you can find anywhere in the world!
  • The article indicates v6 is only for Teams, but the installer specifically says it works for Teams, Family and Individual accounts. This means you need one of their subscriptions, but you don't need the business account. ​Also, i'm shocked to see a Windows Central article without any concern for Edge support. It would have been good to get ask AgileBits if and when they plan to have Edge support. I could understand Engadget considering Chrome, Firefox and Safari sufficient, but I expect better here, please.      
  •   I had read their forums about this issue. They said that since edge sandboxes itself, they cannot access their main program in an extension like they do for other browsers. They are considering it but it would require making a complete UI and writing code to access their cloud directly to get the information. Time consuming to develop, especially if they don't see the marketshare and need to develop.  Either way I agree, they should have found and mentioned it in the article. 
  • Happen to have a link to the forum? This is a moderately big deal to me personally since I tend to use Edge over Chrome by a wide margin. (it's good enough ::shrug::) ​I have been in the beta for the last couple months on their Individual sub, waiting for the desktop app to be polished enough for me to buy a family account (gotta help them do the right thing). But I haven't closely followed the forums. Thanks. ​By any chance, have you seen anything on Hello support?
  • This is the forum thread @Kanazuchi is referring to: https://discussions.agilebits.com/discussion/comment/319583/#Comment_319583 Feel free to coment there, too. @Kanazuchi is right, too. At the moment, only those apps can have extensions in Microsoft Edge that don't require access to a companion application on the local machine and access everything online. Hello support has been in the UWP almost from the start and we're planning on expanding on that later. 1Password 6 is built with the latest technologies Microsoft has to offer. We're using pretty much everything they give us and adhere to their latest user interface guidelines. That allows us to quickly make use of any new toys Microsoft gives us.
    (The team is rather excited for the Microsoft even in two weeks  ) Cheers, Alex
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    Bearded Vulcan Support Technician @AgileBits website: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fcli...
    forum: https://discussions.agilebits.com  
  • Hi @brothernod, I'm Alex and I work for AgileBits. Regarding Edge (from my reply to GraniteStateColin above):
    Support for Microsoft Edge is something we'd love to offer in 1Password for Windows but for the time being it's not in the cards. There are meaningful technical and sensible security-related limitations put in place by Microsoft that need to be addressed before we can bring 1Password to Microsoft Edge. That holds true for the UWP version of 1Password that will be updated in the near future and the desktop app you can download and use right now.
    And you're perfectly right: 1Password 6 works with any of the 1Password.com subscription accounts. Today's announcement focuses on benefits for Teams. Let me know if I can help you with anything else. Cheers, Alex
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    Bearded Vulcan Support Technician @AgileBits website: https://1password.com
    forum: https://discussions.agilebits.com
  • Was sick of them giving a half-as$ed experience on Windows and Android compared to their apple counterparts, no neat animations, layout is lazy and cumbersome, etc. Their non-apple platform support has been merely an after-thought. Enpass FTW.
  • 1password 6 isnt for team accounts only, you can use it with family and individual accounts
  • Hi Clinton, I'm Dave, the author of the 1Password announcement Rich quoted in his article.  You're absolutely right, 1Password 6 will support any of our hosted services, including family and individual accounts. In earlier drafts of the post I had a more general post but during final edits I found the post was much more enjoyable and easier to read if I focused exclusively on Teams. The main reason was there are some features in version 4 that some individuals want that aren't available yet, like Dropbox and WLAN sync, so it made sense to focus on Teams for now and have another announcement in the future once these other features are ported over. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, but I do agree it made things a bit confusing and I’m sorry about that.  Take care, ++dave;
  • Look at almst any macOS program, and then you'll see "gorgeous" design. This one isn't really special - it's good, but it doesn't have nothing great.
  • I made the same move as ACF1. Was using 1Password like all my family (6 different users). But the lack of support of Windows Mobile until very VERY late several years later, lack of Windows app on W8 and then W10 or without even editing capabilities was just too much. I moved then to LastPass which is really great but the Windows app does not support Windows Hello. Therefore, i am now on Enpass and am enjoying a UWP, with Windows Hello support, an Edge extensions and support to all OS I need (iOS, Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile).
  • Charging in yearly increments is not a monthly charge, it's a yearly charge.  Seems to be a trend growing these days, where companies want you to pay everything up front in case you don't like the product. $2.99 per month, billed annually is just a sketchy (and basically dishonest) way of saying $35.88 per year. I think Adobe does this, as well, with a huge markup if you want to truly pay monthly.  A lot of startups have also adopted this method of billing (and borrowed the wording/marketing tactic). In anycase, I don't really think I need it.  I use Safari Keychain and do the vast majority of my browsing on Apple devices; along with 2FA in some cases.  For most general sites I use a fairly strong burner password pointed to temporary email accounts (or a Google account that I open simply to sign up, and then instantly delete afterwards - the amount of spam I get to my inbox has dropped to almost nothing as a result).
  • Errrm , 1Password for windows 10 has completely dissappeared from the store, and the Windows version available on the AgileBits website is only the crappy old Win7 one. Does anyone know if Agilbits are still supporting Windows ?