Microsoft's rumored Windows Hello webcams reportedly codenamed 'Bari'

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Microsoft is rumored to be working on a new family of webcams, and now we may have a codename to put to them: Bari. That's according to a new report from Petri, which mentions that the cameras are also occasionally referred to as 'Aruba,' a codename associated with the Surface Hub 2.

The association between the two codenames suggests that the Bari camera may be closely related to the USB-C webcam Microsoft has shown off in previews of the Surface Hub 2.

Surface Hub 2

Surface Hub 2 with USB-C webcam.

The new family of webcams is rumored to include support for Windows Hello authentication, marking the first time Microsoft will have made the facial recognition tech available in one of its own products outside of the Surface line. The cameras are also expected to support 4K and work with Xbox One consoles in some manner, potentially enabling automatic sign-ins.

That Microsoft may be working on a family of webcams isn't entirely surprising; Panos Panay, Microsoft's Surface chief, hinted at the possibility in an October interview, pointing to the Surface Hub 2's USB-C webcam as something that could turn into a broader product push. In a more recent interview, Panay continued to push the idea that the Surface brand may continue to expand into new hardware categories.

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