Windows 10 To Use Biometric Authentication

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10, the newest version of its operating system, will feature enterprise-grade authentication security. Dubbed "Windows Hello," the new feature will be based on various types of biometric identification, including fingerprints, facial recognition, and even iris scanning.

The announcement was made at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Shenzhen, China. The new feature will offer both convenience and increased security, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for the Operating Systems Group, wrote in a blog post.

More Convenient, More Secure

"With Windows Hello, youEUll be able to just show your face, or touch your finger, to new devices running Windows 10 and be immediately recognized," Belfiore said. "And not only is Windows Hello more convenient than typing a password -- itEUs more secure. Our system enables you to authenticate applications, enterprise content, and even certain online experiences without a password being stored on your device or in a network server at all."

Hoping to allay concerns that the system can be fooled, Belfiore made it clear that the facial recognition capabilities of Windows 10 cannot be fooled by holding a photo of someone up to a device. "The cameras use infrared technology to identify your face or iris and can recognize you in a variety of lighting conditions," he said.

Some of the technology Microsoft is using to implement its new biometric authentication was first developed for use with the Microsoft Kinect system, the activity-tracking component that shipped with the Xbox One and Xbox 360 console systems.

Many analysts view the Windows Hello initiative as Microsoft's response to the popular Touch ID introduced by Apple on its most recent iPhones. But the goal is actually much broader than mere device logins, according to Belfiore.

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