Microsoft is killing off passwords

Microsoft is killing off passwords

The app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices, but a new Microsoft Authenticator app feature that bypasses Microsoft account passwords, called "phone sign-in for Microsoft accounts", was only added to the apps for the Android and iOS mobile platforms.

Once you have selected the phone sign in option from the app, the next time you login to your Microsoft account from a your computer, you only need to input your username and you will then receive a notification to your phone confirming the sign in.

In some cases the app will produce an eight-digit password for the authentication.

Simons said the process is "easier than standard two-step verification and significantly more secure than only a password, which can be forgotten, phished, or compromised".

Alex Simons, the director of the company's Identity Division announced the news in a blog post Tuesday morning.

Passwords are the worst, and Microsoft feels your pain.

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Once that's done, you'll be signed in to the website, and the next time you sign-in Microsoft says it will remember your preference for using the Authenticator app, thereby reducing the number of steps you have to take to sign-in the second time around.

When Microsoft sunsetted the popular Sunrise calendar app that it acquired, there were fears that it would do likewise when it acquired popular list app Wunderlist.

Microsoft has already made To-Do available for iPhone, Android, Windows and the web. It'll then consider adding the feature to the Microsoft Authenticator app for Windows Phone devices. Next, add your Microsoft account to the app, which will require you to sign-in. From there, you can tap "Approve" or "Deny" to allow or reject the login, essentially eliminating the need to enter a password altogether.

Let us know what you think of the new service in the comments.

This reminder app has been in the works for a little while under the codename of Project Cheshire, but Microsoft has just launched a preview version of it.

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