Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

Microsoft brings iOS and Android Authenticator to Windows account sign

Microsoft brings iOS and Android Authenticator to Windows account sign

In some cases the app will produce an eight-digit password for the authentication. As Microsoft's Alex Simons explaines, "Windows Phone makes up 5% of the active users of our Authenticator Apps so we have prioritized getting this working with iOS and Android for now".

Microsoft has had enough of passwords, and has taken steps to help users skip the keystrokes when logging in to its services. Users can link their phone with an account and receive an interactive notification after entering their username, allowing them to bypass the need to input a password. When adding a new account on Android, the app will prompt you to set up phone sign-in; on iPhone, the app will automatically set it up for you by default.

Windows 10 users already have a bevvie of options for signing in, including fingerprint, biometric, face recognition, PIN code, and FIDO key, courtesy of Windows Hello, the company's ongoing quest to find an alternative to passwords.

"Here in the identity division at Microsoft, we don't like passwords any more than you do", he wrote.

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Microsoft recently revealed new alternative method for accessing accounts.

The new app bears a striking resemblance to Wunderlist and even offers the ability import existing Wunderlist lists - something that's likely no coincidence, given that Microsoft bought Wunderlist back in 2015.

This reminder app has been in the works for a little while under the codename of Project Cheshire, but Microsoft has just launched a preview version of it. To complete the sign in process, they simply tap "approve" on the notification and will be access their account in the new location.

Given people's dependence on their phones, this move makes sense for Microsoft as does the notion of giving users of Apple (aapl) and Android devices a reason to download a Microsoft (msft) app. Microsoft says it will evaluate whether it will add support to Windows Phone depending on the levels of success it achieves on those two platforms.

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