Last updated on April 23, 2015
In an attempt to make computing more personal, Microsoft Corp is introducing a new biometric sign-in option with the release of its Microsoft 10 later this year.
The new option, called Windows Hello, is the first time such an offer has been included with the widely used service.
Windows Hello will give consumers the option of signing in using a scan of their iris, face or the touch of their finger to verify identity and access new devices such as laptops, desktops and Window phones.
Microsoft also says that not only is Windows Hello more convenient than a password, it’s also more secure. According to Microsoft, user data will be stored on the device and kept anonymous to ensure the personal information is safe from hackers.
The biometric option is only available on new devices capable of running the feature. Intel Corp., the chip-maker, said all machines incorporating its RealSense F200 sensor will run Windows Hello. However, consumers who own devices with an already installed fingerprint reader can use the new software to unlock it.
Windows also says, “We’re working closely with our hardware partners to deliver Windows Hello capable devices that will ship with Windows 10 and we are excited to announce that all OEM systems incorporating the Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera (F200) will support the facial and iris unlock features of Windows Hello, including automatic sign-in to Windows, and support to unlock “Passport” without the need for a PIN.”