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Microsoft takes another step towards killing passwords

November 22, 2018 / Sead Fadilpasic

People looking to log into their Microsoft accounts no longer need passwords to do so. The Redmond giant has announced today that it is supporting passwordless user authentication, which uses biometrics, the Microsoft Authenticator app, or a FIDO2-compatible device. A whole swathe of Microsoft services will support the new feature, including Outlook.com, Office 365, Skype, OneDrive, Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Xbox Live on the PC, Mixer, the Microsoft Store, Bing, and MSN.com. Users will need Windows 10 (version 1809) to be able to use it. “This combination of ease of use, security and broad industry support is going to be transformational,” said Alex Simons, corporate vice president at Microsoft’s Identity Division.