Microsoft announces that it hates passwords and has an alternative

Microsoft announces that it hates passwords and has an alternative

The app needs to be configured to your Microsoft account and then the user selects the option that reads "phone sign-in" when attempting to log into your account. For now, Microsoft To-Do, a.k.a. Project Cheshire, is available as a preview app on Windows 10, Android, iOS, and the Web.

In some cases the app will produce an eight-digit password for the authentication. "Using your phone to sign in with PIN or fingerprint is a seamless way to incorporate two account "proofs" in a way that feels natural and familiar", Microsoft explained in a blog post. However, by eliminating passwords entirely, Microsoft is actually making the barrier to logins even shorter, for better or worse.

After that, users don't have to enter their passwords; instead a notification is sent to their phone.

Microsoft To-Do is now available to download in Preview across all major platforms including iPhone, Android, Windows and the web today.

To-Do is now available for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 which allows users to keep track of tasks they need to perform during their day. Tapping approved lets you into your account, essentially removing the need for passwords at all. The Redmond giant has taken the wraps off its new, simplified task manager called 'Microsoft To-Do, ' so much for an innovative name. To-Do is created to replace Wunderlist, which Microsoft plans to retire after all Wunderlist features have been built into the new app.

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Google recently updated its account sign in processes with a notification-based approval process to make two-step verification easier, which also uses a prompt on a mobile device to confirm whether the user is trying to sign in from another computer.

If for some reason you don't have your phone handy, you can choose to enter your password instead.

If you are adding a new account on an iPhone, and we'll automatically set it up for you by default.

A few people have asked if this works with Windows Phone version Microsoft Authenticator.

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