With a view to ensure increased security and ease of access, Microsoft has announced that biometric features will be part of the upcoming Windows 10 operating system.
Microsoft will make use of the Fast Identificaiton Online (FIDO) feature, enabling devices with Windows 10 to work with third party biometric readers as well as allow hardware makers to add additional security features if required.
The software will ensure users won't have to remember multiple usernames and passwords while working on their Windows 10 devices.
In a blog post, Microsoft's Dustin Ingalls said, "Transitioning away from passwords and to a stronger form of identity is one of the great challenges that we face in online computing, and we believe FIDO authentication, which is the subject of great discussion here at the White House summit, is the pathway to success. To address this challenge we joined the FIDO Alliance, where we are working alongside major industry partners to change the nature of authentication by developing specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that supplant reliance on passwords to more securely authenticate users of online services."
We view this as a major step by Microsoft in ensuring greater security for its users at a time when hacking passwords and stealing confidential data isn't considered the art of legends anymore.