Windows Hello: Sign-in to Windows 10 devices with your face

Microsoft, among many announcements, announced two new features of Windows 10 at Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China. Features which will make your experience with Windows 10 more personal and more secure. While building Windows 10, the team gave much importance to make computing more personal. That is, Microsoft wants the device to understand its user, recognize its user. Microsoft wants to make your interaction with computer more like interacting with another person. These two new features by Microsoft are Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport. Windows Hello was one of the new innovations that was shown onstage for the first time at WinHEC.

Let us check some more details about these features

Windows Hello

With Windows Hello capability, your computing device recognizes you. With Windows 10 we are moving to more secure, password-free experience powered by Next Generation Credentials and Biometrics.

Windows Hello

Windows 10 supports a broad range of biometrics like Face, Fingerprint, Iris. Windows Hello introduces system support for biometric authentication – using your face, iris, or fingerprint to unlock your devices. And this technology is much safer than using traditional passwords. In the days to come there will be many new exciting Windows 10 devices to choose from which will support Windows Hello.

And, if your device already has a fingerprint reader, you’ll be able to use Windows Hello to unlock that device. For facial or iris detection, Windows Hello uses a combination of special hardware and software to accurately verify it is you – not a picture of you or someone trying to impersonate you. The cameras use infrared technology to identify your face or iris and can recognize you in a variety of lighting conditions.

Windows Hello offers enterprise-grade security. So just show your face and unlock your Windows 10 device. Here are some face Authentication features:

  • Facial recognition across compatible devices running Windows 10
  • A user friendly interface that provides single sign on capabilities without need of additional passwords or authentication credentials
  • Enterprise grade authentication and access to Next Gen Credentials (NGC)  supported content, including network resources, websites and purchasing content
  • Integrated anti-spoofing countermeasures to mitigate physical attacks – e.g. unauthorized device logon and access
  • The ability to provide a consistent image (via IR) in diverse lighting conditions and allows for subtle changes in appearance including facial hair, cosmetic makeup, eyewear, etc.

Read: How to use Windows Hello in Windows 10.

Microsoft Passport

Microsoft Passport will provide a more secure way of letting you sign-in to sites or apps. Instead of using passwords, Windows 10 helps to securely authenticate to applications, websites and networks on your behalf—without sending up a password. So no shared password stored on servers for a hacker to potentially compromise.

Microsoft Passport will work with your Microsoft account, Azure Active Directory and any web services with work with Azure Active Directory.

Windows 10 will ask you to verify that you have possession of your device before it authenticates on your behalf, with a PIN or Windows Hello on devices with biometric sensors. Once authenticated with “Passport”, you will be able to instantly access a growing set of websites and services.

Here’s a small video explaining what is Windows Hello and Passport :

Using Windows Hello and Passport is your choice and you control whether to opt-in to use it or not. As Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, such as fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor and other biometric sensors, Microsoft is working with hardware partners to deliver Windows Hello capable devices that will ship with Windows 10. With such capabilities, Windows 10 will make our computing more personal, and more secure.

Here is a list of PCs that support Windows Hello in Windows 10 currently.

Now read: Fingerprint Reader not working in Windows.

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