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Microsoft’s Pushing Past Passwords


The next version of Windows 10 will support passwordless Microsoft accounts. Microsoft will achieve this by sending a code via SMS (text message) to your phone number which you can use to sign in. It’s all part of Microsoft’s stated goal of “a world without passwords.”

“We’re pushing forward on eliminating passwords and keeping your accounts safe with another cool feature. With Build 18305, we announced support for setting up and signing in to Windows 10 with a phone number account, without having to create, or deal with the hassle of a password for Insiders using the Windows 10 Home edition. Today, that support is extending to all Windows 10 editions!”

Here’s how it works: You can now create a Microsoft account without a password. Instead, you just provide your phone number. When you sign into Windows 10 with that phone number, Microsoft will text you a code that you enter on the sign-in screen.

After that, you can use Windows Hello to set up a PIN, fingerprint, or face login (depending on your device capabilities). Windows Hello is not a new feature by any means, but it allows a user to quickly sign onto their device using a fingerprint or facial recognition from a webcam.

You never have to type a password — your account won’t even have one. And, you won’t have to enter a code sent via text each time you sign in either. This is only required when you sign in on a new PC.

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