Innovation: Microsoft’s Windows 10 brings ‘password-less’ sign-in options

Microsoft Windows 10 to soon let you sign in without passwords. (AFP PHOTO)

 DELHI – Microsoft wants to make passwords obsolete, Hindustan Times reports.

The company has already published a detailed roadmap for a tech ecosystem without passwords. Windows could very well be Microsoft’s first product to do away with the need of passwords.


The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18309 (19H1) features support for new ‘password-less’ login. Essentially, Microsoft is now asking users to sign in to Windows 10 with their registered phone. Microsoft will send a unique passcode to the phone – similar to the two-step verification process. Once you’ve set up the account, you can use Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or a PIN to log in Windows 10.

How to create password-less number account

You can create one password-less account through Microsoft apps such as Word on your smartphone. The feature is available for both iOS and Android devices. Sign up with Word and sign up with your phone number under “Sign in or Sign up for free.”

Linking password-less account to Windows

After having signed up, go to your Settings on your Windows devices. Then go to Accounts > Family & other Users > “Add someone else to this PC”. Lock your device and choose the phone number account from the sign-in screen. Select “sign in options” and then click on alternatives such as PIN lock and sign in.



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