Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Innovation: Microsoft's Windows 10 brings 'password-less' sign-in options

Innovation: Microsoft's Windows 10 brings 'password-less' sign-in options

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.

The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18309 (19H1) features support for new 'password-less'login.

If you recently picked up a new Windows 10 device or performed a clean install of the OS, you were probably greeted by Cortana during the setup experience.

Beyond the changes involving Cortana and passwords, the latest build introduces a host of general changes, improvements, and bug fixes.

Build 18309 makes it easier to reset a Windows Hello PIN.

Microsoft wanted to have one billion devices running Windows 10 in a few years after its release, but later saw that it overestimated itself a bit. Yet despite the free upgrade offers and Microsoft's pushy, occasionally malware-like tactics to get people to move to its newest OS, Windows 7 retained the larger market share, mostly due to its popularity among enterprise users.

Lock your device and choose the phone number account from the sign-in screen. They work pretty much like you would expect: instead of having to create a Microsoft account with a username and password, you can simply enter your phone number and let Microsoft handle the rest. Microsoft already confirmed past year that its Windows 10 OS version has been installed on 700 million devices including PCs, Xbox, tablets and phones.

Is Windows 10 still telling Microsoft what you're doing even if you don't want it to? It's still there. This means when it's talking, you won't be able to skip parts of the setup experience.

To take advantage of password-less logins, Microsoft requires users to provide their phone number to receive unique SMS codes, which is then used to log in.

The company has also added 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointer settings, taking the total number of sizes to 15.

The latest edition of Windows, first launched in July 2015, gained an extra 1.08 per cent of market share in December a year ago according to newest figures from NetApplications. In December, the change happened, with Windows 10 increasing to 39.22 percent and Windows 7 dropping to 36.9 percent.

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