Microsoft Kicks Off Its Vision for a Password-Free Future

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Microsoft Kicks Off Its Vision for a Password-Free Future
A photo of a person holding up an Android phone with the Authenticator app on screen
Say “goodbye” to your password, and hello to the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

Entering a password each time you need to access an account can get cumbersome over time, especially if you’ve been working from home in the same pair of sweatpants for the last two years, going through the same routine from morning to night. Isn’t life dragging on enough? I digress.

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Microsoft envisions a password-free world, which I have to admit is appealing. The company is now letting you access your Microsoft account without typing in a password, though you’ll still need the Microsoft Authenticator app or a Windows Hello fingerprint or face to log in. You can also use an external security key or enable two-factor authentication through SMS or email.

Microsoft started moving toward password-free authentication earlier this year, allowing commercial users to sign into accounts without passwords. Now it’s coming to all users.

“We have been rolling this out at Microsoft and nearly 100 percent of Microsoft is now passwordless,” Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s head of security, compliance, and identity, told the The Verge.

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