The latest Windows 11 update will help users ditch passwords. The Windows 11 update from Microsoft that will be hitting us on September 26th will introduce general support for the passkey passwordless logins.
Latest Windows 11 Update
The incoming Windows 11 update from Microsoft will reportedly introduce public support for passkeys which in case you don’t know is a passwordless login technology that instead makes use of your face, fingerprint, or device PIN to sign into your accounts. Announced at the AI and Surface launch event of Microsoft on Thursday, the latest Windows 11 update in question (which will be available from September 26th) will enable users to create, manage, and even store passkeys, and then use them to get access to supported websites as well as services making use of the authentication systems their very own device’s.
Microsoft started testing passkey management in the Windows Insider developer channel back in June of this year, so this Windows 11 update in question is bringing the technology into general availability.
How Windows 11 Passkeys Are Created
Windows 11 passkeys as you should know are created via Windows Hello. Passkeys in question can be accessed on both a Windows desktop system and/or a mobile device that is used to authenticate the identity of the user. IT teams following the Windows 11 update, will also be able to encourage employees to utilize more secure sign-in methods simply by taking off the option to use passwords for all Windows 11 devices with Windows Hello for Business.
“For the past several years, we’ve been committed to working with our industry partners and the FIDO Alliance to further the passwordless future with passkeys,” Microsoft in a blog post published on Thursday stated. “Passkeys are the cross-platform, cross-ecosystem future of accessing websites and applications.”
Microsoft’s Instances Where Passkeys Can Be Used
Microsoft during the event provided Github and Docusign as instances of where they can be utilized, as passkeys can only get to replace passwords on websites, apps, and services that already get to support the WebAuthn public key authentication standard. Password management service, 1Password has already created a comprehensive directory that helps to track everything that is supporting passkey at the moment.
Passkeys Are Expected To Eventually Replace Passwords
Passkeys as you should know are expected to eventually replace passwords completely as a new standard for login technology, but it is however going to take a while for them to be widely supported and accepted. Microsoft as you should know is one of the earliest supporters of the technology, thus having announced its plans to adopt passkeys on World Password Day back in 2022 alongside other tech giants such as Apple and Google.
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