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 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:
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.
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