Microsoft Wants to Kill Passwords, Starting With Windows 10

Windows 10, the company's newest desktop operating system, is now the most popular in the world.

However, if you're someone like an IT pro (or a friendly neighbourhood tech reviewer) who regularly has to wipe and configure a bunch of machines, Cortana's persistent blathering can drive you and everyone in your vicinity bonkers. Microsoft is also doing the same for the new feature allowing users to sign in to Windows with password-less Microsoft accounts (previously restricted to the Home SKU on build 18305). In addition to some under the hood changes and improvements, Microsoft is pushing for a password-less sign-on experience for all Windows 10 versions starting with this build.

The Narrator app that reads out text is also getting some improvements. Windows 10 is a great piece of OS which nearly servers everyone out there. Windows 10 has something to offer.

"If you have a Microsoft account with your phone number, you can use an SMS code to sign in, and set up your account on Windows 10", Microsoft's Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc explained in a blog post. After creating the password-less phone number account, you can add this account to Windows by going to Settings Accounts Family & other Users "Add someone else to this PC". It's still there. This means when it's talking, you won't be able to skip parts of the setup experience.

All told, Windows 10 is now installed on 700 million systems. When you start setting up the new device, it asks you whether you want to carry over the data from your other, existing devices - and you can then transfer the content from your existing device and use it to set up your new iPhone or iPad.

Compounding the frustration is that while Microsoft is using Cortana to improve the accessibility of Windows setup, it hasn't actually done a very good job.

Despite this, Microsoft is hard at work on the next big feature update, expected this spring, and has just rolled out the first build of 2019 for Insiders on the Fast ring. Meanwhile, Microsoft also added 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointers settings menu for a total of 15. A stable version of the feature will make its way onto all Windows 10 versions later this year, likely around April. It now accounts for 39.22% of usage compared to 36.9% for Windows 7.

  • Kara Saunders