Windows Hello will let you sign into Windows 10 with your face, eyes, or fingerprint

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Microsoft announced a couple of new features for Windows 10 relating to authentication. One of them is called Windows Hello, which will allow users to sign into the OS with their face, their iris or their fingerprints, if their hardware device has the right requirements.

Microsoft says:

You– uniquely you– plus your device are the keys to your Windows experience, apps, data and even websites and services – not a random assortment of letters and numbers that are easily forgotten, hacked, or written down and pinned to a bulletin board. Modern sensors recognize your unique personal characteristics to sign-you-in on a supporting Windows 10 device.Which devices, you ask? Well, there will be plenty of exciting new Windows 10 devices to choose from which will support Windows Hello. And, if your device already has a fingerprint reader, you'll be able to use Windows Hello to unlock that device. For facial or iris detection, Windows Hello uses a combination of special hardware and software to accurately verify it is you – not a picture of you or someone trying to impersonate you. The cameras use infrared technology to identify your face or iris and can recognize you in a variety of lighting conditions.

Microsoft says that the "'biometric signature" needed for Windows Hello is stored locally on a user's device and is not shared on a network. Hardware devices that will include Intel's RealSense 3D Camera will support the face and iris sign-in features of Hello in Window 10. Hello will have "enterprise-grade security" for businesses, governments and other organizations that require that extra amount of protection.

In addition, Microsoft announced plans to support "Passport", a new system that will allow users to sign into apps, websites and online services without the need of a traditional password. Microsoft says:

Windows 10 will ask you to verify that you have possession of your device before it authenticates on your behalf, with a PIN or Windows Hello on devices with biometric sensors. Once authenticated with "Passport", you will be able to instantly access a growing set of websites and services across a range of industries – favorite commerce sites, email and social networking services, financial institutions, business networks and more.

Microsoft previously announced it plan to support the authentication standards that have been set up by the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance in Windows 10.

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham
247 Comments
  • Awesome! Should probably read the article now to see how it actually works.
  • Lol.. Read before you comment :P
  • Haha same here! Finaly!
  • LOL!   Loving that the are making more use out of the Kinect technology.  This is brillaint.  
  • So I wonder which devices will get it...probably phones that launch after w10?
  • My Guess is Intel based phones for sure from the quote above "Hardware devices that will include Intel's RealSense 3D Camera will support the face and iris sign-in features of Hello in Window 10".  Interesting, I may wait for an Intel based WP Phone.  
  • Finally. Should have been there much before
  • I just want the new wp10 build on every Lumia :(
  • This might be the real reason that the W10 flagship phones would have to be delayed until W10 is released.  The required Intel Realsense camera will apparently be included on the L940/940XL.  The 3D Touch could be supported by the newly added camera.  So the long wait for the new phones is not only worth it and it is also necessary.
  • As long as you don't have a twin.
    Login in to sites with your fingers is already in use. This just makes it native to the OS
  • the iris scanner would eliminate the twin spoofing
  • The future is here!
  • To be honest, this isn't new technology though...
  • Yepp, right.
    Had something similar on my old Asus Notebook. But it's still kinda nice, it's old technology improved. I like it. :)
  • Um, isn't it the same tech that allows you to log into your Xbox One with Kinect? If that's the case, it may not be completely fool proof as it registers my daughter as me all the time.
  • Because you set the gamer tag as her, Kinect has facial recognition as long as you tell the system its you, the tech is awesome but you'll always have to input that info for a computer to even know.
  • That's probably because it asked who she was at some point and someone answered that it was you.  Go into the Xbox's settings and clear/reset your account auto login info.
  • Yeah its not new tech but its certainly new to an everyday consumer.
  • What if Apple did it?
  • Apple do not do things... They invent things... Or reinvent...
  • This is basically the same thing. Apple improves on fingerprint tech. MS improves on facial recognition tech.
  • Then it would be new and inovative of course.
  • Yep, and Microsoft released a product for fingerprint reading, Microsoft Fingerprint Reader, 10 years ago. So it is not as if all this is new to Microsoft.
  • The new part is building it into windows and making the passport api available on the web. Also, the tech will be available to others in FIDO. Its not the new tech, its the partnerships that could actually give it a chance to catch on beyond a few manufacturer's laptops and actually become the way things are done everywhere.
  • Yeah. It's around 5-10 years old.
  • Who cares how old it is? The point is the tech is finally cost effective enough for mainstream consumption!
  • Where do I get a consumer iris-scanner?
  • On new tablets with latest Intel Atom processors, they will come with Real Sense Cam.
  • here - it's $99 - this is the F200 they mention in the article - it's a HD webcam with the 3d image recognition built in - USB3 connected to your PC   I ordered one yesterday   https://software.intel.com/en-us/realsense/f200camera    
  • You comment faster than you think. The 10 years old one was only sort of working. and this more than that, if you logged on to msft account, you don't have log on to yahoo, disqus, cnn, gizmodo any more. Does this work 10 year ago?
  • And how well has it been adopted throughout the market? This builds it into Windows, creates an API for the web, and makes the tech availble to all FIDO members. This is about pushing it as THE standard way of the future to authenticate.
  • New it's it could be native to platform and also available to general user base which is the new thing...
  • Back to the future
  • Fingerprint sensor in Windows 10 for phones on the next Lumia flagship? One can only hope.
  • Would be awesome.
  • There's a rumor thats the case
  • It'd be interesting if we could also do this with some other parts of our body. xD
  • I know you aren't really serious, are you..?
  • LOL  
  • Some of us might need bigger sensors...
  • I have one in my HP ProBook that's been largely defunct since windows 8.1. It will be good to put it back to use soon.
  • I hope so, just not the kind used by the iPhone. Something like this would be very welcome however: https://www.qualcomm.com/news/snapdragon/2015/03/02/breakthrough-3d-fingerprint-authentication-snapdragon-sense-id  
  • I just switched to the iPhone last week and even though there are a lot of things I miss from windows phone Touch ID on the iPhone is bad ass. 
  • If that's the case, I think it would be best if they gave the option to use just a password, just face/iris/fingerprint or a combination of both.
     
  • No the rumor is an iris scanner not fingerprint. Your eyes are your pass ;)
  • "With Windows Hello, you’ll be able to just show your face, or touch your finger" How about read the source? Yes it will work with your fingerprint to..
  • http://wmpoweruser.com/rumour-lumia-940-to-include-iris-scanner-dock/
  • Shouldn't it be, your eyes are my password verify me. The classic tech movie Sneakers.
  • What if they give an iris scanner???
  • And presumably their form of secure NFC payments will come with the tech. Perhaps named "MS Money" or "microtransactions" or something even more disastrous like "Bing Pay."
  • or maybe Bing Kaching or KaBing   or Bing Bling   lol  
  • Sounds to me that it'll be more than a finger print sensor: seems like it will be a Kinect-esque facial recognition scanner for sign in, which would be awesome.
  • Or 3d infrared camera that also supports gestures. Sound familiar?
  • Hello!
  • Hi!
  • Namaste
  • Ni hao
  • 你好。
  • مرحباً
  • नमस्कार ।
  • سلام
  • That seems legit ...
  • It can be used more often in WPs. Would be really great to have extra login options if we forget our device's passwords.
  • iphone still requires you to remember your password. It's needed everytime your phone is rebooted. If you forget it, you're screwed. lol
  • If we connect it to iTunes..?
    Or login from the Apple Account..?
  • I need the mobile flagship arriving later this year have this. Please and thank you MS.
  • What about a move of a fist/hand/fingers ? :P
  • You can, if you don't want to use the device again.
  • ahaa very well needed 
  • Now those rumors about L940 having Iris scanner and fingerprint reader seem quite possible :) Might be my next phone then, no more weord passwords!
  • But the iris tech requires an Intel camera. Could that run on a phone? I'd assume Intel tech should require Intel processors
  • Yeah. Same thoughts over here. It seems that iris stuff will be limited to PCs and Laptops for a while, I guess.
  • Maybe the rumors of an Intel based phone are true?
  • They said the flagship is coming with Snapdragon 810 processor.. So very unlikely
  • The Intel camera is an example, not the only supported device.
  • Wait Untill Fruity Things invents it
  • Umm, fruity things already has a biometrics scanner in built in a phone. And the first one (in built, that is) to do so as well.
  • You mean fingerprint sensor? Were talking about iris scanners and 3d infa red cameras which aren't fooled by someone holding a picture of you up in front of the device
  • Well, than be that much specific, will you?
    The article covers both? -_-
    Fingerprint is also a biometric, my friend.
  • I reread my comment and it didn't come across the way I wanted it to.
    Sorry.
    What I meant was that the iPhone has a biometric but not s sophisticated as what Microsoft are planning on doing
  • Unn, biometrics scanner was here before. Not only on phones. Like 8 years ago ;)
  • Well, I AM talking about phones, you see? Are you blind? Or do you not know what "in built in a phone" means?
  • I had a fingerprint scanner 6-7 years ago on my LG Expo running WM6.5 sorry.... Not the first one
  • Okay, great. Lets throw a party about it. :D
  • IPAQ had fingerprint scanners years ago, like before HP bought Compaq ago
  • HP jornada several Windows mobile phones
  • No, no, they'll 'reinvent' it :)
    Apple never invents anything that's not been invented. It invents things which other companies have already invented (like the notebook)
    :)
  • Well as Steve Jobs once put it back in 96, "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas!"
  • When in Android and iOS?
    (I deserve all that is coming at me)
  • Go back to go. Do not collect $200❗
  • After it comes to US only Windows phone :-P
  • Damn it! If I just hadn't gotten all my fingers cut off in that freak glaucoma induced mime accident, this would be awesome!!!
  • Lol
  • Lol
  • LOL
  • LOL. You won the internet today!
  • Looks like talk to type works very well on WP :)  
  • Is this for future hardware only or will it work on Surface Pro 3 or Lumia 930?
  • It has chances of working on Surface through some external biometrics scanner but I doubt about the Lumia 930 being able to do this.
  • Thanks. Well new flagship phone will be mine day one now!
  • For facial recognition it needs Intel's RealSense 3D Camera, that will be shipped with new Windows 10 PC's.
  • Not ready to part with my Surface for this feature alone. Thanks for the info.
  • It's in the article. :D
  • I think I've made the right decision postponing the purchase of my new phone!!
  • AGREED!
  • Please, the new flagship whenever you are coming, come with a fingerprint scanner.
  • Yes, hopefully. And with LED notifications as well.
  • Explain LED notifications please..
  • LED notifications: These are "lights" that turn on when your phone (or other such devices) receive a notification of some sort. They are generally located on the top bezel of a phone (or keyboard of a laptop) and can be set to specific colours for specific notifications from specific apps.
    They, simply, let you "know", but not "read", that you have a notification without touching your phone.
  • I was hoping they would utilize the LED flash on the back, like the iPhone 6 does.
  • LED Notifications were mentioned here for some current phones: http://www.windowscentral.com/even-more-windows-10-phones-screenshots-leak If I'm away from my phone and missed a call, text etc, I will know on my return as an LED will flash.
  • Leds are already there in mid and high end lumias, they only need to enable them as notification leds
  • He wanted to know what are they. I explained.
  • The 1520 has LED's?
  • "Leds are already there in mid and high end lumias, they only need to enable them as notification leds"
    That is not accurate and it is irresponsible to get people's hopes up in that way.
  • I think he means LED flash... ;)
  • That's a very bad confusion he got himself into
  • My question was very general but also disguised. I wanted to know whether they meant LED flash or a special LED light on the front. LED lights are old news, unless they can do something original with it, I'm not that interested. I wouldn't mind the LED flash being utilized though. The iPhone does it.
  • You should have undisguised your question first.
    And it is not you of whom we speak of, it is HPVREZ, son of whom I do not know, that we refer to.
  • He is the son of his father
  • Of what use is this "LED notifications" if they don't show you the notification and I can just unlock my phone and see the notifications myself
  • WOW I love it! thank you for such a great NEWS!
  • "Could you please unlock your pc?" http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/blue-steel.gif Done.
  • They still need to solve app gap for phone. windows 10 for desktop and tablet already looks great...
  • Windows 10, The reborn of windows.
  • *rebirth
  • Thanks for correcting me bro. :)
  • Cool name
  • Why not log in with voice recognition also?
  • Because Dolby
  • ?
  • Dolby is an example of a company that makes lifelike audio reproduction, such as voice recordings. That's why logging in with a voice is bad
  • Hello future ;)
  • Hopefully it works a little better than on Xbox one. It works great for logging in, but it will log me and my son in when just one of us walks in front of the sensor.
  • i believe that after this,lot of lumia 520 user will say when it come to my lovely 520..
  • Even will it come to my 520? :D
  • Hehe nice 1!! But it is not going to come even on 1520 &930
  • *wen. They will say "wen"
  • It should be "wen" and not "When"... You are like 5th or 6th person I corrected. When you guys are going to learn to use When and wen? :-P
  • These functions are something I am a fan of. I hope they keep making improvements like this.
  • Great!
  • Seems faster
  • Fingerprint scanning already works very well on Windows 8.1 if you have the required hardware. Nice to see Windows 10 getting these as standards!
    But what will happen if, despite all the security and privacy measures Microsoft has taken, a hacker manages to steal a user's credentials?
    You can change what you know (passwords), but you can't change what you are (biometrics). I guess you could just delete your biometrical info from your account, but you'd probably be annoyed to be unable to use your biometrics again.
  • How does it work on W8.1? Please tell :)
  • I've been using it on my ThinkPad since Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 since this past fall.
  • Yep
  • Who's fingertips am I going to take out of the collection box in the secret wall to use for this. Decisions decisions. :D
  • I want this ♡.♡
  • Awesome. They are really stepping up their game.
  • Thanks. But no thanks
  • .net passport I presume
  • They seem to like reusing names of lesser-know or retired systems ;) I remember when signing up via passport.com was the only way to use your own custom alias.
  • Some of their mgs forums still use the login ui
  • Hmmm, seems Microsoft privacy policy is way better than those so called top selling company ... Anyone can remember that lame name? Thanks
  • manggo...
  • Frooti
  • What if I cut my hair ? Yes, I have hudge dreadlocks. Sorry, useless
  • It's using the bone structure of your face, much in the same way humans naturally recognize one another. The hair won't matter. However, trans women may have trouble after getting facial feminization surgery. I'm not sure if trans men get a similar counterpart surgery, but that would have the same problems.
  • It will still scan your eyeball...
  • What if a person is wearing contacts lenses? Or decides to go the "extra mile" http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Mk4cT6snV8g/TZb0FpjnkdI/AAAAAAAABHw/Td2_CXBgcE... lol.
  • Picture password will be a nice addition to phones too
  • im going to login but first let me take a selfie :P
  • Now this is awesome!
  • IRIS SCANNER! lol
  • I just want picture passwords on Windows 10 for phones to be honest
  • will come to phone too?
  • They should have Cortana recognize you and log you in .
  • Its an amazing future to include Cortana but its also quite frightening because she uses internet. Microsoft won't make Cortana integrate with it for privacy and security reasons.
  • Not the real Cortana but just putting logo and some strings would be Geeke enough
  • Yes that would be awesome, I like your idea. l commented below how I dislike the "Windows Hello" branding, I prefer "Cortana" though since she's a personal assistant.
  • There are things that Cortana does that are solely offline. There's no reason Hello couldn't be done via Cortana.
  • Now those Jim Parsons commercials make sense. . .
  • Hopefully we don't have to click 'Login' three times.
  • Hello to everyone who have a letter "a" in there name :)
  • That's very a-ist :/
  • I prefer "Hello" than "Windows Hello", "windows hello" sounds cheap and words don't rhyme, Microsoft should rename it something else that is more pleasing to hear.
  • It has to rhyme? Sounds like you need Windows 10 Dr Seuss Edition.
  • LOL
  • "hello windows" more like "hey Cortana" ;)
  • Minority Report anyone
  • :P
  • Wonder how 10 will do fingerprint for desktop/laptop? But good thing is, this is the second neatest thing I'll enjoy when I logged into my computer (other than visually beautiful lock screen composed to dull Windows 7)
  • *compared
  • Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait.   "The key is bound to your device". Then how the fuck do I authenticate the device?
    With a two-step password? And what happens if I lose the device? Does each device get its own key?
    Or am I supposed to transfer the key via a special process?   This is of fuckhuge importance.   Also, how long is the camera active? Do I need to press a button or will it scan my room at all times?
  • How long is the password field active... I think you found the answer to your question.
  • The video shows the lock screen loggin the person in and skipping the password screen. So my question stands. There will be plenty of people who don't want their webcam to scan their entire room with a depth sensor at all times.
  • Holy fuck, let's just all fucking wait for the fucking technology to come out in Windows 10 to see how it all fucking works. At the very least we can wait for fucking Build, can't wait? Not like you can fucking use this fucking thing today.
  • Fucking LMAO!
  • It must get tiring reading all this from the inside.  Take a break get some lunch.  The inane questions will be here for you when you come back.  
  • When I see a promo video, and this promo video tries to work on my fears with phrases like "the data is locally stored", I want the video to mention other obvious fears. Like how much data the camera collects and what happens if I have more than one device.
  • Fuck
  • Gold.
  • Wow, something must have pissed you off... I hope you are ok, and that this outbreak is not a result of some deeper frustration :) we love u! :) take care and keep up the good work!
  • LOL! I'm actually in tears :'''D
  • you missed few "fucks". like: fucking come out, windows fucking 10, at very fucking least, , we fucking can fucking wait, can't fucking wait:-D please next time, do NOT miss those fucks and let the fucking thing happen fucking again, some people might not get it, if there not enough fucks in there. the MORE Fuck, the fucking better, and they fucking underestand this fucking fuck........fuck:-D 
  • Hmmm....this seems like an introduction to the next WP flagship phone and Surface Pro 4. Cue the leaks!
  • Andrew L is Ant Microsoft
  • Damn... Windows don't like pattern y/?
  • I don't know if you are talking about pattern lock, if yes, then it is an android thing. They invented it. So no. It's not coming to windows or any other OS for that matter.
  • In russia, or lithuania this would be tragic :( thiefs will steal device with fingers and faces :)
  • Nice....fingerprints probably go right to NSA database. Yeah....
  • Localized biometrics are stored on the local PC not online. Read the article much?
  • Looking good!
  • Bravo, kudos MS, that s the way to go. I can see they are actually listening to our voices and reading our feedback, its not in vain. I hope by DEVICES, the phones and tablets are included not just comps and laptops. We eagerly wait...... ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
  • So, it uses IR technology. My laptop is more than 2 years old with a 2MP camera. Would I be able to use this feature?? Looks quite impossible!
  • No lol. May be time to upgrade ☺ Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • so since this is part of W10 that means it will work with IoT right?  So for instance, unlocking my front door using fingerprint.  Or updating ATM machines would be pretty nice to see this tech. 
  • Sweet
  • Amazing and finally. Hopefully the next windows phone and tablets will have these features built into,the devices hardware
  • Windows Hello is the name? So what are they going to call Spartan browser? Windows Browse?
  • Wow, Just Wow.
  • Not interested in biotracking.
  • Uh, couldn't they call it Hello Windows? Hello? You know, just for grammars sake, maybe?
  • This is the future
  • I hope this launches with the new flagship Phone later this year. Along with "Microsoft Pay". Yeah I said it. Hey Samsung can do it so can Microsoft.
  • This is pretty sick
  • Currently I have been logging into Win 8.1 through my laptop's finger print sensor. Whereas on my previous netbook I was logging through facial recognition through veriface software which came preinstalled with it.
  • Thant animation there looked super cool. \m/ Love you MS.
  • Windows? Windows? Hello Windows? Just use the keyboard. Keyboard? How quaint.
  • How about signing in with your tits??
  • with your tongue.. lol
  • When to India
  • Its not about how old the tech is.....   Its about the fact that its univerally imbedded across all devices running Windows 10..... Its being able to log in with your face or fingerprint with any device that you buy running Windows.... no extra software..... and the fact that it works within applications and on the web is fantastic..... Its almost a password killer
  • Biometric logins are lacking in the most important part: Secrecy. You can't hide your face, your eyes or your fingertips. But you can refuse to tell a password or a gesture. So, before going crazy over this news, we need details on how MSFT wants to handle this dilemma.
  • Me likey!
  • I see, An Irish scanner? It must be St Patrick's day. No one noticed the cool emoticon when login in? Almost every W10 notification gives me a WOW feeling, except the waffle and burger thing ... W10 is gonna be bad ass....
  • Any of this coming to SP3?
  • nice to have it on win10. but when it comes to phones, having a finger print scanner wouldn't really matter if the app store still lacks lots of apps. this is kinda like when the lumia 1020 was released with a 41mp, but without apps like instagram etc
  • Not really. I understand some people coming from an iPhone will get this, but this is beyond just apps. Apps come and go, apps are released eventually or just fade and no one cares, they are fads. This is about a core functionality not only of the smartphone, of the whole Windows ecosystem. They are aiming beyond the details of being able to play the latest game or recording Dubsmash videos. I value that experience of use more than having the latest apps.
  • Waiting for fingerprint sign in on the mobile phone.
  • Very excited for surface pro 4 and Lumia 1040. Hopefully these flagships launch with this, would also like to see USB c on all new devices. I would love to take one charge cord and cover my PC and phone when I travel. This is good stuff. Starting to not get so pissed over the wait for a new flagship...
  • Finally, something that gives me the impression that the rumoured iris scanner may have a purpose, aside from unlocking a phone.
  • I can't type with my eyes.
  • Windows 10 looks set to demolish everything in its path. Excited!
  • Awesome!!!
  • Windows 10 is an evolution in itself
  • I am lookin forward to this.
  • So.... 3D print someones head and add their eye color?
  •   I'll be sold once they demonstrate the technology on identical twins to see if the software can tell them apart.
  • I want to know what device will I need to buy to use this on my desktop. I guess there will be a new high end webcam from MS for this. In any case, MS webcams are pretty good lately, I was thinking of getting one anyway. And don't forget, guys, we need also some sort of always-on mic for use with Cortana. So a good mic-equipped webcam will be something good to have around. Laptops, tablets and smartphones will not have this problem. We'll see just how it's implemented. I'm excited, this is a very good feature for us into the Windows ecosystem.
  • I hope they invent fingerprint wiper and cleaner. God I hate cleaning fingerprints and grease all over my screen. That would be real invention.
  • The beauty of nature shown by the image, i wish it will stay like that for ever without humans destroying it>
  • Awesome! I LOVE IT..... thank you Microsoft
  • Hope they would make a project to reinvent about fingerprint scanner for Flagship Lumia Phones but the unique thing is, its over the Display/TouchScreens so we can be more unique over Apple and Samsung!!!!!‪#‎FingerPhintScannerOverTheTouchScreen‬.
  • Hope they would have also to launch or to make a mobile payment system & services on all Windows 10 Devices and hope they will call it "Microsoft Pay". Also we are hoping that they revamp or rename the Wallet app on Windows Phone and they will call it "OneWallet" and will become available Windows 10 Devices. For me, I don't care if they imitate Samsung, Apple, and Google, when it comes in Mobile Payment System and Services, at least they do their part to make Windows 10 even better than before because it's part of Technology Business! So hopefully they would make it Happen!!!
  • Oh, crap, what was that movie....Where they ripped out an eye for a iris scanner... On the tip of a pen.  LOL
  • We don't want to hear you idiots bragging just STFU and get to explaining how to use it!